Flippin’ academy governance: top-down to bottom-up

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 64 Number 3 (2022)

Flippin’ academy governance: top-down to bottom-up
Andrew Allen pages 42-53
DOI: 10.3898/FORUM.2022.64.3.05


The intention of government to create a fully academised school system in England, whereby every academy will belong to a large multi-academy Trust (MAT), further erodes community engagement and accountability. This paper illustrates how the policy of academisation has enabled a top-down governance framework to emerge, replacing the power and control of a national education service with unrepresentative and unelected elites – the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is discussed as an example. Democratic innovations are presented, innovations that seek to invert the powerbase of academised governance, so creating bottom-up participatory governance in a shift to shift to what might be termed post-new governance.

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Andrew Allen (2022) Flippin’ academy governance: top-down to bottom-up , FORUM, 64(3), 42-53. https://doi.org/10.3898/FORUM.2022.64.3.05

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