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Who pays for a safety net when no one is falling?

As the system-protector role of local authorities fades, a patchwork of new bodies is emerging to fill the gap, but there is no appetite to fund them, finds Tim Boyes

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After years of gradual local authority decline, schools have, to varying degrees, got used to life without any dynamic support or ownership from their LA. Instead, professional nourishment is now found elsewhere. So, how significant is the disappearance of your LA as standard-bearer or system coordinator? And what is now keeping schools from crisis when a perfect storm hits them?

Since the days of absolute centralised control, schools have steadily been liberated and, of course, we have gained from our new freedoms. There have been some remarkable examples of transformation, as brave and ...

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