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The development of the academies programme: ‘privatising’ school-based education in England 1986–2013

West, Anne and Bailey, Elizabeth (2013) The development of the academies programme: ‘privatising’ school-based education in England 1986–2013. British Journal of Educational Studies, 61 (2). pp. 137-159. ISSN 0007-1005

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Abstract

The secondary school system in England has undergone a radical transformation since 2010 with the rapid expansion of independent academies run by private companies (‘academy trusts’) and funded directly by central government. This paper examines the development of academies and their predecessors, city technology colleges, and explores the extent and nature of continuity and change. It is argued that processes of layering and policy revision, together with austerity measures arising from economic recession, have resulted in a system-wide change with private, non-profit-making companies, funded by central government, rapidly replacing local authorities as the main providers of secondary school education.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rbje20
Additional Information: © 2013 Society for Educational Studies
Library of Congress subject classification: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Education Research Group (ERG)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2013 13:07
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/50822/

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