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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