'It's like Spiderman ... with great power comes great responsibility': school autonomy, school context and the audit culture

Keddie, Amanda (2014) 'It's like Spiderman ... with great power comes great responsibility': school autonomy, school context and the audit culture. School Leadership and Management, Latest articles . doi:10.1080/13632434.2014.938040

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Author Keddie, Amanda
Title 'It's like Spiderman ... with great power comes great responsibility': school autonomy, school context and the audit culture
Journal name School Leadership and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-2434
1364-2626
Publication date 2014-08-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13632434.2014.938040
Open Access Status
Volume Latest articles
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper explores issues of school autonomy within the context of the performative demands of the audit culture. The focus is on a case study of Clementine Academy, a large and highly diverse English secondary school. Specific situated, professional, material and external factors at the school were significant in shaping Clementine's response to and take-up of the policy of academisation (a key reform within broader government mandates to create an increasingly autonomised education system). Factors such as the school's intake and history, its ethos and values, its access to human and economic resources and its status and power as an outstanding school supported its confident and ‘morally’ focused take-up of this policy. Clementine's privileged position in relation to these factors enabled the school to mediate and challenge some of the negative effects of the audit culture. This paper highlights the significance of considering these contextual factors in understanding the different ways in which schools are currently engaging their autonomy to cope with the demands of the audit culture.
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Additional Notes Published online: 26 Aug 2014

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