Church Schools and Local Government: Partnerships and Accountabilities

  • Priscilla Chadwick


Nineteenth-century sectarianism and twentieth-century secularisation played a significant role in church school education policy. The ‘dual system’, whereby the churches worked with both central and local government providing education for the nation’s children, was a partnership which experienced significant upheaval as British society and government policy evolved through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Some local authorities supported church schools, but bureaucratic systems of local and central government often failed to take into account the complex trusts or foundations of church schools. Remarkably Anglican and Roman Catholic schools have not only survived the political vicissitudes of the various governments’ education policies but even flourished, enhancing their position as major contributors to the nation’s well-being and academic success. Can this continue?




Department for Education and Science


Department for Education and Enterprise


Department for Children Schools and Families


Department for Education


Local Education Authority


Multi-Academy Trust


Regional School Commissioner


Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education


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  • Priscilla Chadwick
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  1. 1.Education ConsultantLondonUK

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