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ERIC Number: EJ895508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Scoring Opportunity or Hospital Pass? The Changing Role of Local Authorities in 14-19 Education and Training in England
Payne, Jonathan
Journal of Education Policy, v25 n4 p519-545 Jul 2010
In 2008, the UK Labour government unveiled plans to abolish the Learning and Skills Council and transfer funding for the education and training of 16-19-year-olds in England to local authorities (LAs). The transfer of 16-19 funding complements the responsibilities that LAs have already acquired in relation to the raising of the education and training "participation age" and ensuring that all young people have access to a full 14-19 curriculum entitlement in their area. Such a move might be read as part of the "new localism" that has gained currency under the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, as well as an opportunity to rein back from an English education and training system that has become increasingly centralised and "top-down". Indeed, some commentators have argued for a new model of governance based on "devolved social partnership", with input from a wider range of stakeholders and the space for policy levers to be shaped more at local level. Drawing upon interviews with key personnel in LAs and other stakeholders, this paper examines the opportunities and challenges that LAs face in their new role, whether this amounts to a genuine devolution of power, and the prospects for "devolved social partnership". (Contains 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)