Briefing: School system research: Evaluating the post-2010 DfE policy

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
August 30, 2018
Jonathan Crossley-Holland
Issues Covered
  • ‘Self-improving school-led system’ (SISS)
  • Central government oversight
  • Local authority school improvement duties
Children's services and education, Devolution, Democracy, Scrutiny and Governance, Local government finance
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The Self-Improving School Led System (SISS), the dominant Government schools policy since 2010, has been reviewed by a team from the UCL Institute of Education. Findings include the undermining of school autonomy by tight curriculum and assessment requirements; a strengthened hierarchy of schools affecting the willingness of schools to cooperate; and chaotic oversight between central government agencies and between central and local government, weakening coordination.

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