Towards Self-Governing Schools

In this challenging paper Dr Dick Atkinson asks why local education authorities are needed. Finding reasons lacking, he puts forward a proposal for all schools to be self-governing and thereby removed from the debilitating effects of politicised education.

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Executive Summary

Is local government involvement in education part of the problem, rather than a solution to falling standards, lack of innovation and inadequate educational opportunity?

Almost all of the services currently provided by Local Education Authorities (LEAs) can be better provided by outside agencies, or within schools themselves.

Where such opportunities are not available, this is