From Deregulation to Re-regulation
  • Room 117, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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Plymouth Institute of Education invites you to attend a ResearchEd seminar given by Dr Andrew Wilkins of the University of East London.

Since 2010 the number of academies and free schools to open in England has risen sharply in line with government objectives to liberate or forcibly remove schools from local government management and oversight. A major consequence of this recent shift towards increased deregulation has been a renewed focus on strong accountability and the importance of the market as a regulatory device for steering and facilitation in the absence of direct government control.

This paper considers the double movement by which schools are removed from direct control and bureaucracy, only to be enfolded through new relations and disciplines which demand a subservience to and reverence for market imperatives and sensibilities as tools for enhancing accountability. It focuses on some of the fundamental changes affecting school governance at this time, namely in whose interests is school governance exercised and who is included and excluded from the business of school governance and why. 

Please contact claire.butcher@plymouth.ac.uk to book a place at this event.

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