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Here’s a bright idea: empower heads to innovate

Lessons from business show school autonomy is the key to re-energising education and raising standards, writes Angus Tulloch

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“If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need.”

William L McKnight, American businessman and philanthropist

Notwithstanding a paucity of relevant statistics, it is now generally acknowledged that the international standing of Scottish education is in relative decline, that core literacy and numeracy standards have fallen and that the attainment levels of pupils from deprived areas have remained disappointingly depressed. Somewhat belatedly, the Scottish government admits that the governance of publicly-funded schools has been partly to blame for this sad ...

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