An English Perspective

  • Ian Bauckham


In this chapter, a brief overview of the history and development of the school system in England is presented, along with an attempt to set the changes the system has undergone since 1944 in a wider historical context. The roots of the current radical reform of the “system” are discerned in the Thatcherite reforms of the 1980s and early 1990s, which have continued unabated and in increasingly radical form under the Conservative-dominated coalition from 2010. This background is presented as a way of understanding the striking findings on school leadership priorities and styles in the LISA study, which show results for England that differ in significant ways from patterns seen in other participant countries, in particular in the strength of the instructional leadership style in English school leadership. This chapter sets out to show how this leadership context has arisen and point to ways in which it is likely to evolve further in the immediate future.


Leadership Style School Leadership Governing Body School Choice Head Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL)KentUK

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