Birmingham Conference: Local Authorities And New Landscapes Of Schooling - 17th September 2014

As the emerging schooling landscape in England becomes more diverse and fragmented, local authorities are faced with major choices about their strategic response. As increasing numbers of schools become academies, LAs overall influence is declining; yet they retain significant responsibilities and there is a continuing expectation that they are important agents in securing the quality of schooling locally. Alongside this, the local democratic mandate on which they are based means that they must take a position on how they should act in the emerging landscape and the values on which such action should be predicated. This meeting will explore some of the issues to which these challenges give rise.

The meeting will be in two parts. The first will comprise presentations by three contributors who have undertaken research studies of emerging local authority strategies with funding from BELMAS:

  • Ruth Boyask (University of Plymouth): Emerging models of service relationships with schools
  • Richard Hatcher (Birmingham City University): Authority-wide partnerships as a strategy for local engagement
  • Tim Simkins (Sheffield Hallam University): Influencing emerging local patterns of schooling: the role of the LA

The second will provide an opportunity to discuss the implications of the Birmingham ‘Trojan horse affair’ led by Richard Hatcher who has monitored and researched developments in Birmingham over a number of years.

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 17 Sep 2014
  • Fri 05 Sep 2014
  • Birmingham City University, School of Education, Birmingham

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