Do We Need a Middle Tier in Education? (FORUM 1)
Author: TERRY PARKIN
The direction of the UK Government’s policy is to remove schools from local authority control, and replace that relationship with private sponsors, undermining their ability, or indeed inclination, to deliver on the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda, among many others. The author argues that local authorities have much to give and where they have focused on building effective partnerships, communities of schools can be effective in accepting a much wider range of local responsibilities, from standards to special educational needs. This could be achieved through an enhanced duty to cooperate placed on schools by central government and this should form the basis of any future reform to ensure local schools are once again placed under the control of the communities they serve.