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Allen, Andrew; Gann, Nigel – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2018
This article describes how a gaping democratic deficit has emerged in the English schools system as both local authorities and school governing bodies have been degraded by academisation. In arguing that a comprehensive school can only be truly comprehensive if it is based on democratic principles, the authors make the case for re-establishing…
Descriptors: School Administration, Instructional Leadership, Governance, Foreign Countries
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Gann, Nigel – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2016
The history of the forced conversion to sponsored academy status of Castle Primary School in south Somerset is a tale of broken promises, lies, and a blatant breach of statutory procedures. Yet the Department for Education, the local Member of Parliament (and schools minister) and the local authority stood by--sometimes participated--while a small…
Descriptors: Accountability, Democratic Values, Educational Change, School Districts
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Gann, Nigel – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2015
In September 2015, the Secretary of State for Education asked for more business involvement in schools, and in particular for business leaders' help to improve failing schools. This article questions the twenty-year campaign by all governments to engage business expertise and values in the governance of schools.
Descriptors: Governance, Educational Practices, School Administration, Commercialization
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Gann, Nigel – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
The privatisation of state education in a variety of ways has introduced a range of risks to school governance and management which have not previously existed in the public service. State-funded education is in danger of losing its standing on the moral high ground as a public good delivered almost exclusively by individuals committed to ethics…
Descriptors: Ethics, Governance, School Administration, Privatization
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Gann, Nigel – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2011
The case for conversion to academy status is being made in a number of arenas, not least on the Department for Education website. As a matter of balance, school governors considering conversion need to take into account a range of factors. How does this fundamental shift in the ownership of schools fit into a discernible historical pattern?…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Governance, Educational History, Foreign Countries