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    The English School Reforms: Competition, Innovation and Fragmentation

    Ainscow, Mel and Salokangas, Maija (2020) The English School Reforms: Competition, Innovation and Fragmentation. In: Leading and Transforming Education Systems. Research Gate, pp. 61-76. ISBN 1742-6855

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    The last 30 years have seen efforts by successive governments, of different political persuasions, to improve the English education system. Common to all of these reform efforts is a concern to close the gap in attainment between students from economically disadvantaged students and their peers, although the approaches tried have varied considerably. More recently, they have involved an increased emphasis on the idea of allowing schools greater autonomy within a policy context based on market forces as the main improvement strategy. In this chapter, we analyse these developments in order to draw lessons for those in other countries who are interested in promoting greater equity within their national education systems. This leads us to argue that whilst school autonomy can be a positive force—particular where it encourages teachers to work together in exploring more inclusive practices—it requires coordination at the local level and the introduction of accountability arrangements that provide space for experimentation, as well as resources to promote the professional development of teachers.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Cite as: Ainscow, Mel & Salokangas, Maija. (2020). The English School Reforms: Competition, Innovation and Fragmentation. 10.1007/978-981-15-4996-0_5.
    Keywords: English education system; national education systems; accountability arrangements
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 16059
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    Depositing User: Maija Salokangas
    Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2022 15:17
    Publisher: Research Gate
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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