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‘It’s like Spiderman… with great power comes great responsibility’: school autonomy, school context and the audit culture

Keddie, Amanda 2014, ‘It’s like Spiderman… with great power comes great responsibility’: school autonomy, school context and the audit culture, School leadership & management, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 502-517.

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Title ‘It’s like Spiderman… with great power comes great responsibility’: school autonomy, school context and the audit culture
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name School leadership & management
Volume number 34
Issue number 5
Start page 502
End page 517
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1363-2434
1364-2626
Keyword(s) school autonomy
academies
audit culture
school context
Summary This paper explores issues of school autonomy within the context of the performative demands of the audit culture. The focus is on a case study of Clementine Academy, a large and highly diverse English secondary school. Specific situated, professional, material and external factors at the school were significant in shaping Clementine’s response to and take-up of the policy of academisation (a key reform within broader government mandates to create an increasingly autonomised education system). Factors such as the school’s intake and history, its ethos and values, its access to human and economic resources and its status and power as an outstanding school supported its confident and ‘morally’ focused take-up of this policy. Clementine’s privileged position in relation to these factors enabled the school to mediate and challenge some of the negative effects of the audit culture. This paper highlights the significance of considering these contextual factors in understanding the different ways in which schools are currently engaging their autonomy to cope with the demands of the audit culture.
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
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 X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087454

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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