by Natalie Parish, Andrew Baxter and Leigh Sandals (ISOS Partnership) for
The purpose of this research has been to explore how local authorities are evolving and adapting their role to meet the needs of a more autonomous education system. The particular focus of the research has been on three core responsibilities of the local authority in education:
- ensuring a sufficient supply of school places,
- tackling under-performance in schools whilst ensuring high standards, and
- supporting vulnerable children.
The purpose of this study is to provide a picture, drawn from a small number of local authorities from across the country, of how currently local authorities are practically responding to the challenges and opportunities afforded by a more autonomous education system.
Nine local authorities were selected to take part in the action research, based on criteria which were designed to ensure a broadly representative sample. The selection included authorities with:
- a high percentage of well‐established academies,
- a high percentage of newly converted academies,
- a rich diversity of schools including academies, free schools and teaching schools, and
- a high proportion of community, voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools
- Executive summary
- The context and strategic response
- Ensuring a sufficient supply of school places
- School improvement
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