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Academisation, school collaboration and the primary school sector in England: a story of six school leaders

Keddie, Amanda 2016, Academisation, school collaboration and the primary school sector in England: a story of six school leaders, School leadership & management, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 1-15.

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Title Academisation, school collaboration and the primary school sector in England: a story of six school leaders
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name School leadership & management
Volume number 36
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
Keyword(s) School autonomy
Academies
collaboration
primary schools
Summary This paper presents data from a study of five English primary schools. It examines some of the challenges associated with school autonomy and collaboration for state primary schools amid the uncertainty and complexity of governance in the present English education context. The paper features the voices of six leaders gathered from interviews that explored their thoughts about the academies movement. It highlights their fears that academisation, and particularly the imperative to join a large academy chain, will undermine their autonomy as individual schools. Accepting of the inevitability of academisation and the forms of network governance this reform offers, it highlights the head teachers’ moves to ensure their autonomy in terms of determining the timing and type of conversion. In relation to these moves, the paper reiterates the significance within effective collaboratives of member schools experiencing a sense of ownership, a common purpose, shared responsibility for students and their learning and relations of trust. The paper considers some of the tensions arising in this space in relation to competition, collaboration and school vulnerability.
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087425

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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