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      Academies, autonomy, equality and democratic accountability: Reforming the fragmented publicly funded school system in England

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      London Review of Education
      UCL IOE Press
      ACADEMIES, MULTI-ACADEMY TRUSTS (MATS), FUNDING AGREEMENTS, LAW, GOVERNANCE, FINANCE
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            Abstract

            This article focuses on the transformative academies policy in England. Based on an analysis of documentary evidence, we argue that the policy has resulted in the fragmentation of the state-funded school system and stark variation between academies, with those within multi-academy trusts (MATs) having no legal identity. We examine the variation between funding agreements, the control by central government, the role of MATs and the governance of academies. We propose policy options to improve the current incoherent and fragmented set of provisions, including restoring the legal identity of schools in MATs and allowing academies if they so wish, to convert to maintained schools.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            UCL IOE Press
            1474-8460
            14 March 2019
            : 17
            : 1
            : 70-86
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            1474-8460(20190314)17:1L.70;1- s6.phd /ioep/clre/2019/00000017/00000001/art00006
            10.18546/LRE.17.1.06
            83f19f4d-60c1-406e-a5fd-c4c52e0b3c49
            Copyright @ 2019
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            MULTI-ACADEMY TRUSTS (MATS),LAW,FINANCE,GOVERNANCE,FUNDING AGREEMENTS,ACADEMIES

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