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Public Sector Reform

Principles for Improving the Education System. Bedford Way Papers No. 30

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Institute of Education Press, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Institute of Education Publications
Published: 19th Sep 2007
Dimensions: w 148mm h 210mm d 5mm
Weight: 159g
ISBN-10: 0854737731
ISBN-13: 9780854737734
Barcode No: 9780854737734
ISSN: 0261-0078
For ten years the UK government sought to improve public services through a combination of increased investment and a 'tough' regime of top-down performance management. The programme was driven by national targets, regulation, standard setting, performance assessment and direct intervention where services were found to be failing. However, the government has had to admit the limitations of this approach. It has now signalled a major change of direction, introducing a new model of reform that seeks to balance top-down measures with pressures from below (greater user choice and voice) and horizontal pressures (market incentives and improving the capability and capacity of the workforce). Public Sector Reform offers a critical appraisal of this new model, which the authors argue is not well supported by research evidence. They suggest an alternative approach for education, based upon a set of principles for improving the quality of learning. They argue for a realistic programme which would balance reform and maintenance; moderate change and sustainability; central and local direction; teacher empowerment and professional accountability. In all, teaching and learning must be at the heart of the system.

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