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Should we shed the middle tier?

This report, based on LGiU research conducted in partnership with the NUT and Unison,  looks at the future of education governance in light of the fact that more than half of secondary schools are now academies or free schools: independent of local authorities and accountable to the Secretary of State.

Conversions to academy status are creating gaps in accountability, admissions monitoring, schools support services and place planning. The result, this report found, is that councils are struggling to fulfill their role as the “middle tier” of the education system.

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Should we shed the middle tier?

Authors: Laurie Thraves; Jonathan Carr-West; John Fowler

Date published: 25 September 2012

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