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Review: Voices of Authority: Education and Linguistic Difference

Taking the High Seat: Religious Authority and the Karmayoga of Education at BHU

CLOSE, Anthony Stephen (born 1931), Chairman, Health Education Authority, 1994–99

SPRINGETT, Jack Allan (1916 - 1996), Education Officer, Association of Metropolitan Authorities, 1980–82

SLOMAN, Peter (1919 - 2003), retired; Education Officer, Association of Metropolitan Authorities, 1974–79

HOUGHTON, William (1909 - 1971), Education Officer of the Inner London Education Authority, 1965–71 (of LCC, 1956–65)

SMITH, Anthony Glen (born 1955), Managing Consultant, Cambridge Education, since 2014; Lead for Local Authorities, Mott MacDonald Group (formerly Manager, Local Authority Division, then Director, Children’s Services, then Director, Health and Education UK, Cambridge Education), 2005–14

BRIAULT, Eric William Henry (1911 - 1996), Education Officer, Inner London Education Authority, 1971–76; Visiting Professor of Education, University of Sussex, 1977–81 and 1984–85

SANDFORD, Herbert Henry (1916 - 1999), Member for Chelsea, and Opposition Chief Whip, Inner London Education Authority, 1986–90

CUMMINS, Frank (1924 - 2007), Examinations Liaison Officer, Sandwell Local Education Authority, 1987–89; Headmaster, Thomas Telford High School, Sandwell, West Midlands, 1973–87

WILSON, Robert (1865 - 1943), Chairman of John Horn, Ltd, printers, Glasgow, and Managing Director John Horn (England) Ltd, London; last Chairman Education Authority of Glasgow

WILTON, James M. (died 1946), President Council of Education Authorities of Northern Ireland; Chairman, Northern Ireland War Pensions Committee


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The authorities responsible for the statutory system of education introduced by the Education Act 1944, i.e. the Secretary of State for Education and Skills and local education authorities (LEAs). In England and Wales the latter are county councils or unitary councils and, within Greater London, the London borough councils. The Education Reform Act 1988 introduced measures under which schools could, with the approval of the Secretary of State, opt out of local education authority control to become grant-maintained schools. The current framework for schools is contained primarily in the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and the Education Acts of 2002 and 2005. This consists of a three-part structure of community schools (controlled by the LEAs), voluntary schools (often with a distinctive religious ethos), and foundation schools (the former grant-maintained schools, now funded by the LEAs rather than centrally). The Education and Inspections Act 2006 included the provision for a foundation school to set up a charitable foundation (or trust) to support the school. The aim of such trust schools, which remain LEA-maintained schools, is to use experience, energy, and expertise from other schools and professions as a lever to raise standards.

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