Commercial Actors and the Governing of Education: The case of academy school sponsors in England


In this guest blog Natalie Papanastasiou offers a summary of key findings from her recent article published in the European Educational Research Journal. The article will strike many as timely and welcome commentary given the ever-increasing role of academy sponsors in the governance of schools.


This is a summary of an article that was published in the recent issue of European Educational Research Journal (12, 4: 447-462), the focus of which is the role sponsors are playing in the governance of academies. The article draws on research findings funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), grant number ESI01943X/1. There is currently very limited research which has examined exactly what role academy sponsors have in England’s education system and, in turn, how they are contributing to existing debates around how state education should be governed. This inquiry is part of a wider ESRC-funded PhD project which is examining the local implementation of the academies…

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