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ERIC Number: ED421759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Local Education Authorities in England: Making a Difference through Their Leadership.
Riley, Kathryn; Docking, Jim; Rowles, David
The paper draws on findings from three case studies on the changing role of Local Education Authorities (LEAs) in England and explores the degree of LEA effectiveness, their contribution to school improvement, and the nature of their leadership. The context for the study is one in which, over the years, the powers and responsibilities of LEAs have been reduced and decision making has been dispersed. Results indicate that those LEAs that were most effective sprang from a well-defined professional partnership with schools and clear political partnerships. The partnership with schools was based on professional mutuality and was expressed through a climate of professional challenge and inquiry. Good morale was also seen as important, and it was found that effective education leadership by the LEA can effectively raise morale. The findings suggest that there are substantial differences in the apparent effectiveness of LEAs, but the successful LEAs have a substantial impact on schools in their locality. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A