New roles for local authorities in education. Opportunities and challenges. n the light of increasing school autonomy, this research examines how the leadership role of local authorities could be enhanced, particularly in terms of ensuring adequate leverage for councils, to enable them to plan strategically and coordinate services for their communities.By Anne Wilkin, Mary Atkinson, Karen Halsey, Annie Johnson, Richard White and Kay Kinder.
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School Funding: What Next? Local Authority and School Views. Following revisions to the funding arrangements for schools by the Government in the 2003/04 financial year and concerns that these new arrangements may exacerbate the unfair aspects of the present system, creating significant 'losers', the Local Government Association commissioned the NFER to conduct a study on the impact of these changes. The report concludes that whilst the new arrangements have provided greater financial certainty and financial control for schools, they are perceived to have reduced local authority discretion and their flexibility to cater for local needs. By Atkinson, Lamont, Gulliver, White, and Kinder.
School Funding: a Review of Existing Models in European and OECD Countries. This report interrogates the literature for alternative models of educational funding from other countries as well as examining the literature for their strengths and weaknesses. The report provides a review of existing models of school funding in European and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries and the advantages and disadvantages of each model. By Atkinson, Lamont, Gulliver, White, and Kinder.
The Local Authority Contribution to Improved Educational Outcomes: Phase One Report. This report provides an overarching perspective of the educational outcomes achieved, or aspired to, in the new local authority landscape, and how a range of local authorities perceive their contribution to such outcomes. It also looks at what local authorities can do to support children and young people in achieving the best possible educational outcomes. Overall, the key messages to emerge from the research suggest the role of the local authority, albeit changing, is perceived to be no less vital in achieving educational outcomes. Research Summary. By Anne Wilkin, Kay Kinder and Dominic Schad.