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ERIC Number: ED435113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 18
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Farewell to Grant Maintained Status: The Future of Self Governing Schools.
Anderson, Lesley
This paper reports on empirical research carried out during a two-year period in which the British government introduced a new framework for the reorganization of schools. The research assessed the views of the governors and managers of grant-maintained (GM) schools with regard to their interpretations about the future governance of their schools. The article traces the move to self-governance in the 1980s and the creation of the GM schools. GM status gave schools the opportunity to govern and manage themselves; they differed from other publicly-funded schools in that they were incorporated institutions directly funded by central government and had no legal relationships with a local education authority. The paper reviews the research on the GM schools and details the research carried out for this report. The data for the study were generated through a pilot phase and a main survey. The findings indicate some reluctance on the part of GM headteachers and chairs of governors to accept the changes in the structure and powers of the governing bodies of their schools. These leaders reported that, under the arrangements for GM schools, they had more freedom and flexibility to recruit governors who brought specific skills and expertise to the job. (Contains 27 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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