The article considers the change in power that will result from theEducation Reform Act 1988. It is argued that as a result of two featuresin particular Local Management of Schools and the National Curriculuma threelevel hierarchy DESLEASchool stands to be replaced by atwolevel hierarchy DES and School. The implications of LEAs ceasingto be line managers in the system are considered the sanctions theyhave been offered are too Draconian suspending a schools devolvedpowers, for example, to represent a policy execution tool. Theperformance indicators currently being devised by LEAs are criticisedbecause they come too late when a schools performance will bedetermined by its ability to attract and retain pupils. LEAs will haveno alternative but to pass most resources on to schools according to apupilbased formula. It is the consumers who will determine theperformance indicators of a school.
International Journal of Educational Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 1, 1989
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