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ERIC Number: ED360740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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The Consequences of School-Based Management in England and Wales: A Review of Some Evidence from an Economic Perspective.
Simkins, Tim
School-based management has been a key element of education reform in the United Kingdom. Under Local Management of Schools (LMS), individual schools are given broad power over management of school budgets and most aspects of personnel and buildings. Two factors influence the transition to greater local control of schools. First, parental choice and other changes are increasing market pressures on the school system. Second, the market is being tightly controlled through implementation of a National Curriculum and assessment. A review of literature on efficiency and effectiveness of resource management and LMS leads to a hypothesis that, at a macro level, formula funding tends to favor larger schools. This calls into question assumptions upon which school funding is based. At the school level, LMS seems to encourage efficiency in resource management. However, it is unclear how this may be affecting learning outcomes. There is little evidence that LMS improves school effectiveness. Schools' response to LMS seems to hinge on how they have fared under it and the management style of school leaders. This research suggests that, while concepts of efficiency and effectiveness are useful measures for examining LMS, more rigorous and consistent use of the concepts is needed. (Contains 44 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)