What the big beasts said;Blackpool '99
STEPHEN DORRELL : "Each new control in education is said to be necessary to avoid waste and improve standards, but the effect is to undermine the responsibilities of head, parent, governor and councillor . By second - guessing all their key decisions the nanny state has crowded out personal and local responsibility and nationalised a key element of social policy."
CHRIS WOODHEAD: "You have to ask yourself, 'of all the different things that LEAs do, which of those things have a genuine, local, democratic significance?' Obviously much does not . Support services for schools could be done by anybody within a market. We need to continue the drive that began in 1988 with local management of schools to devolve responsibility so schools can manage their own destiny."