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ERIC Number: ED361866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 21
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Markets and Self-Governing Schools: The English Experience.
Power, Sally; And Others
In 1988, as part of the Education Reform Act, the United Kingdom government allowed schools to opt out of local education authorities (LEA) and become grant-maintained (GM) schools, funded directly by the government. It was contended that the program would diversify education, free schools from local bureaucracies, and, consequently, make schools more responsive to parents. About 990 schools have opted out of the LEA format, which is a small percentage of British schools eligible. The program has followed a trend in public management to foster autonomous institutions with devolved management structures, light central administration, greater managerial efficiency, lower costs, and greater consumer pressure. A study of students and parents at eight GM schools and two LEA schools sought to determine attitudes and perceptions of school performance. Early perceptions and experiences of the GM schools policy indicate that opting out has had little significant impact on the choices parents and pupils make about schools or their experience of state education. GM status is not having a significant impact on patterns of school choice. However, conjuncture of GM status and selective schooling alters the ability of parents to pick their schools. (Contains 26 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)