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Titre : Governing Education for Community ...
Éditeur : New Local Government Network, United Kingdom
Date d'édition : 2007
Reliure : Paperback
Etat du livre : New
Language: N/A. Brand New Book. N° de réf. du libraire AAO9781903447239
Synopsis : Schools operate at the heart of their local communities and
have the potential to play a central role in neighbourhood
regeneration. But despite the Government’s commitment to ‘active citizenry’ as expressed through the local
government modernisation agenda, and the plethora of
Neighbourhood Renewal initiatives, the potential of the
largest group of active citizens in the country – school
governing bodies – has been largely ignored.
Partly this is a function of timing. School governors have been operating in their present form for over a decade, whilst new local governance models and new ways of delivering the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal are only now being implemented. Partly it is a function of the way the government’s singular focus on school improvement has led governing bodies into acting not as representatives of their local communities, but
rather as agents of the state.
In this report we argue that school improvement and
neighbourhood renewal must go hand in hand for both to be
successful. The six case studies illustrate some of the ways that this is beginning to happen. But this raises important questions about the local governance of education and in particular the role of the school governing body. Active public participation in the governance of schools will need to be fostered and supported by the strategic Local Education Authority (LEA) in the interests of
effective public accountability.
The new framework for democratic renewal in local government
modernisation, the development of Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs), and the new Extended Schools policy set out in the forthcoming Education Act (2002) all present an opportunity to do this.
This report makes a series of recommendations for ways in which central and local government should support the local governance of education to bring about school improvement as part of community regeneration, recognising the need for local citizens to take shared responsibility for the decisions which shape their lives and communities within a learning democracy. At a time when self-governing schools are being encouraged to work in new ways with partners from the public, private and voluntary sector, it is
imperative that schools and LEAs should have a clear strategy for their interdependence to secure community well-being as well as democratic accountability for a vital public service.
A propos de l'auteur:
Dr Jane Martin
Principal Consultant, IDeA
Jane is a principal consultant with IDeA Solutions where she has supported a number of councils with local government
modernisation and change management. She has hands-on
experience of LEA school improvement support services and is
also well-known for her work with school governors and governor trainers, currently contributing a monthly column to the Times Educational Supplement.
Her research and writing over several years has focused on public service management and the changing local governance of education. Prior to joining IDeA, as a research fellow at The University of Birmingham, School of Education Jane contributed to projects for a range of sponsors including Birmingham City Council, The Scottish Office, The Gulbenkian Foundation, Department for Education and Skills, OECD and The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Dr Jane Martin was a member of the team studying ‘New Forms of Education Management’ as part of the ESRC Local Governance Programme from 1994-6, and, as an honorary research fellow, is currently contributing to the UK-wide project on school governance ‘School Governors as Active Citizens’ in the Democracy and Participation Research Programme.
She has been a school governor for many years. Her latest
publication for governors, Joined Up Governance1, jointly authored with Ann Holt, sets out a practical model for effective school governance.
Liz Allen, Independent Education Analyst
and Non-Executive Director, NLGN
Liz Allen is an independent education policy analyst specialising in current developments in education and local government reforms. She previously worked with the Labour Party on education policy development, and with the Advisory Centre for Education supporting parents in schools.
Liz is a regular contributor and speaker on the modern local
government agenda. Her most recent publication, Future Models of Education (NLGN, October 2000) set out a new framework for the governance of education in the light of major reforms in local government and the evolution of self-managing schools. She is a non-executive director of the New Local Government Network.
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