Delegation and Intervention of Education Policy in the UK

Abstract

This paper examines delegation and intervention of education policy in the central-local government relations of the UK. Since the Thatcher Administration, the number of delegations in education policy are increasing as seen in the school governing body and school funding, while central intervention to the local authority is also observed as seen in removal of power about City College from local education authority (LEA). Through this paper I pay attention to the relation between delegation and intervention of education policy from viewpoints of central government funding for local authority, removal of power including abolition of local council, transfer of power from local authority to school, and central control accompanied with delegation to school. This paper consists of three parts. First, I delineate delegation and intervention of education policy from the Conservative Administration in 1979 to the Cameron Administration. Drawn is a sketch of education policies, although based on discontinuous and sometimes contradictory local government policy by central government. Second, I analyze relation between delegation and intervention of education policy, especially focusing on change of the school governing body including parental participation and that of school funding including funding formula. I also clarify tight relation between delegation and intervention in the removal of power from local education authority, and that between delegation and control to the school. Third, I discuss the relation between delegation and accountability of education policy. Thus, I conclude political dynamics between delegation and intervention of education policy in the UK.



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Yoshihiro Nagata, Nagoya University, Japan

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Conference: ACEID2015
Stream: Education: social and political movements

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