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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, 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