The dismantling of local authorities is having a harmful effect upon our school system because all the advice and support that they provided is no longer there. Furthermore, if parents have complaints about free schools or academies, they have nowhere to turn but the Department for Education. Now, even the Royal Society of Arts, the RSA, a well-known academy sponsor, is arguing for a middle tier of local school commissioners to supervise and monitor these schools -- as Sir Michael Wilshaw argued a while. A RSA report into the matter was published earlier this month and is worth reading because it makes a good case for shifting power away from Whitehall to the localities through the setting up of a school commissioners system. Although, it does prompt the question, why get destroy LAs in the first place when you only have to re-invent them in a different form?
The Missing Middle: The case for school commissioners