ERIC Number: ED343281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
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Managing Effective Schools in a Rapidly Changing Legislative Environment (The U.K. Environment).
Pipes, Michael J.
The impact of new educational policies initiated by the Conservative Party leadership on school management in the United Kingdom is examined in this paper. The first part highlights the background of state-sector schools and their funding. Although no clear statement of intended policy exists, the second part outlines the following general policy objectives: decentralized accountability and cost-effectiveness; the extension of school choice; cost reductions to the lowest level; regional management; and a nationally determined "unit of resource" with local flexibility. Challenges and concerns are discussed in the third part, which include gaining community and professional support, clarifying roles, providing professional development, focusing on effectiveness, and utilizing accountability processes for school improvement. Research needs are outlined in the final part, which involve the role of headteachers, the degree of local management responsibility, professional development, and local attitudes. A conclusion is that although the provision of effective schools is a laudable aim, fundamental changes in the management of the Education Service have unsettled headteachers, teachers, and other groups. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: Conservative Party (United Kingdom); United Kingdom