School Governing: Policy, Politics and Practice

Baxter, Jacqueline (2016). School Governing: Policy, Politics and Practice. Bristol: Policy Press.

URL: https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/school...

Abstract

What impact have the unprecedented and rapid changes to the structure of education in England had on school governors and policy makers? And what effect has the intensifying media and regulatory focus had on the volunteers who take on the job?

Jacqueline Baxter takes the 2014 ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal, in which it was alleged that governors at 25 Birmingham schools were involved in the “Islamisation” of secular state schools, as a focus point to examine the pressures and challenges in the current system. Informed by her twenty years’ experience as a school governor, she considers both media analysis and policy as well as the implications for the future of a democratic system of education in England.

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