March 17, 2010

Blocking the Best: Obstacles to new, independent state schools

By Alex Massey, Anna Fazackerley & Rachel Wolf

This report examines the changes required to make an expanded programme of genuinely independent state schools a reality. The first part examines the barriers which prevent new providers entering the system, including a ponderous approval process and overly restrictive planning and building procedures. The second part looks at restrictions on academy independence which curb innovation, including bureaucratic and poorly-focused accountability mechanisms and interference by central and local government. The third part looks at interventions in cases of school failure.


Alex Massey

Education Research Fellow, 2009-2011

Anna Fazackerley

Head of Arts & Culture and Education Units, 2008-2010

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