Education and the public interest

Dr Ruth Boyask. Education. Political Sociology. Culture.

Ruth Boyask

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I am an educational theorist and researcher whose interests are centred upon the challenges of creating socially just educational/social policy within an environment of privatisation and individualism.

Currently I'm investigating the processes of policy decision-making in local government, focusing upon the provision of educational and social services for young people.

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New Relations between Local Authorities and Schools

A project in the BELMAS Structural Reform Research Programme

Aim
Local authorities (LAs) in the South West region of England have reorganised their services to schools as a result of funding cuts to their formula grants and schools converting to academies, creating public-private partnerships to fulfil their statutory duties. This study (Boyask, 2014) looks at new relations between LAs and schools to consider the effects of the privatisation of state services and the ability of LAs within this region to respond to the needs of society through their work with schools.

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Social Justice in Privatised Schooling

A British Academy/Leverhulme funded study October 2012 - September 2014.

Aim
This project generates knowledge about the limits and possibilities of socially just education in a privatised education system and contributes to debates on school marketisation by investigating the aims and practices of privately-funded independent schools that are committed to social justice.

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