In the Company of Schools: Schools and Local Development Strategies in Britain

  • Christine Hudson


This chapter focuses on the coming together in particular situations of a number of the main trends identified earlier in the book relating to globalization and the growth of the knowledge economy. The interplay of these tendencies is examined within the context of local education policy and local economic development. A weaving together of education and economic development as a consequence of the increasing importance of knowledge in the global competitive economy has been apparent not only at the national but also at the local level. The more traditional definition of local development in terms of economic, technical and physical infrastructure has been challenged by the emergence of a parallel, more holistic development discourse in which education, health, care, culture, environment, and other quality of life issues contribute to an interactive creation of welfare and growth. Social, economic and environmental goals are linked and balanced and the importance of knowledge creation and human resource development in achieving economic development are acknowledged. access to knowledge, ideas, new technology, suppliers and customers, its ‘soft’ enabling infrastructure, are increasingly important.


Local Authority Human Resource Development County Council Local Economic Development Head Teacher 
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