School Governance

Policy, Politics and Practices

Jacqueline Baxter

School Governance

Jacqueline Baxter

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

144 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781447326021 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The recent Trojan Horse scandal, in which twenty-five Birmingham, UK, schools were investigated following allegations that school governors were imposing a hard-line Muslim curriculum, raised important questions not only about school governance, but also about the future of a democratic system of education in England. Taking the Trojan Horse scandal as a starting point and drawing on her own experience as a school governor, Jacqueline Baxter examines what implications these questions will have for the newly elected British government. By examining the political, social, and economic contexts surrounding education in 2015, School Governance offers keen insights into pressures and challenges engendered by the current system and what these challenges may mean for English education in the twenty-first century.
Contents
Foreword by Ron Glatter
Preface
Introduction
1. School governing: a moment in time
2. The Trojan Horse affair: media phenomenon and policy driver
3. School governors in the media
4. Framing the work of school governors, 2008-15
5. Democratic accountability: governors in a changing system
6. Governors making sense of their work
7. Post-Trojan Horse: changes to policy and practice since the Trojan Horse affair
References
Index
Review Quotes
Governing Matters
"An interesting account of shifting priorities between different Conservative governments, and the impact that this has on local accountability, choice, and the voices of parents."
Jane Owens, national leader of governance, Wirral, UK
“A succinct, and fascinating, document on the many challenges we have faced as ‘Hidden Givers’ over the last few years. The changing landscape of legislation is fully captured along with the increased accountability measures the largest volunteer workforce in the country attempts to meet whilst remaining focused on improvement in their schools.”
Ian Usher, ModernGovernor.com
“Brings new insight into how and why governors are positioned within society and how shifting attitudes to the purpose of school have shaped the future of governance.”
Ellie Cotgrave, research and projects manager, National Governors’ Association
“Expertly explores the key issues surrounding modern school governance by combining analysis of recent developments with findings from Baxter’s own research into governors’ sense making. A stimulating and informative read for anyone interested in school governance and leadership.”
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