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
New Relations between Local Authorities and Schools
A project in the BELMAS Structural Reform Research
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.
Social Justice in Privatised Schooling
A British Academy/Leverhulme funded study October
2012 - September 2014.
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.