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ERIC Number: EJ985920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2434
Independent State-Funded Schools: Some Reflections on Recent Developments
Chapman, Christopher; Salokangas, Maija
School Leadership & Management, v32 n5 p473-486 2012
Educational systems around the world are experimenting with new forms of schooling. One example is the emergence of independent state-funded schools (ISFSs). In the USA these have taken the form of Charter Schools. In Sweden chains of Free Schools have been established and in England Academies and most recently Free Schools have been placed at the centre of government reforms. This article offers clarity of definition relating to ISFSs and chains of ISFSs and charts some of the features of these recent developments, highlighting a shift in emphasis of improvement efforts from individual schools to collaborative chains and federations. In conclusion this article argues that ISFSs are supporting a shift from "Individualised" school improvement to a collaborative form of "Federal" improvement, but within the current arrangements they are unlikely to be able to support broader "systemic" improvement efforts unless attention is paid to both structural and cultural change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden; United Kingdom (England); United States