The ecology of schooling is changing rapidly across the world. The traditional ‘state as purchaser and provider’ model has fragmented and diversified, with a growing number of private providers and social enterprises engaging in our education system. Despite political emphasis on institutional autonomy and ‘self-improving’ systems, dominant management paradigms may continue to suppress genuine diversity and innovation.
Building on our literature review on social justice in education, we have explored specific issues relevant relating to school and system reform, maintaining a focus on closing gaps. We have also worked with local authorities to support their improvement goals.