Putting evidence into practice

Both major political parties are promising more local accountability, but where is the evidence that this will improve outcomes, and what does it mean for schools? Jonathan Haslam investigates

BY THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR we will have a new government and, whichever party leads it, there is bound to be more change. One of the key commitments from both parties is to allow more local control of education.

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October 2009