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School autonomy and accountability in England: The rhetoric and the reality?

Earley, P; (2019) School autonomy and accountability in England: The rhetoric and the reality? In: Rauscher, E and Wiesner, C and Paasch, D and Heißenberger, P, (eds.) School autonomy - perspectives in Europe Findings from the EU project INNOVITAS. (pp. 229-240). Waxmann Verlag GmbH: Münster, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper considers school autonomy and the related issue of accountability in the English education system. It begins with a discussion of the context in which English schools and their leaders are currently operating and the challenges they face. A brief historical account of the development of school autonomy and accountability is then offered which follows closely the historical analysis provided for English schools by Trevor Male in his chapter. The part that leadership – more specifi ally school headteachers – play in school improvement is next discussed which in turn leads, partly as a result of the unintended consequences of accountability, to the more philosophical question of leadership for what educational purpose. The growth of academies and school-led improvement – or what has been referred to as the self-improving school system – is further considered in the penultimate section. Lastly the question raised in the paper’s title about the rhetoric and the reality of school autonomy is discussed along with some concluding comments.

Type: Book chapter
Title: School autonomy and accountability in England: The rhetoric and the reality?
ISBN-13: 978-3-8309-8940-0
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.waxmann.com/waxmann-buecher/?no_cache=...
Language: English
Additional information: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10096306
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