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Case Title:

City Academies in Britain

Publication Year : 2003

Authors: Sumit Kumar Chaudhuri

Industry: Education


Case Code: GBE0006

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment: Not Available

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By the end of the 20th century, the British government was facing a big challenge to revive the government-run secondary schools. In spite of spending millions of pounds on school reforms since 1998, most of the state schools had 'worryingly low' educational standards. The number of children opting out of the state schools had also risen by a third. Consequently, more and more parents were forced to send their children to high priced private schools that offered better educational standards. To overcome the appalling differences between the state schools and the private schools, the 'City Academy' policy was announced in 2000.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss how the British government, through the ‘City Academy’ policy, tried to create a new type of 'state-funded independent school' for bridging the gulf between private and state schools by breaking the monopoly of the Local Education Authorities over secondary education in Britain
  • To discuss the challenge faced by British Government due to low educational standards in the state schools.

Keywords : Public-Private Partnership Case Study, Government and state secondary schools in Britain, Problems of state schools in Britain, Private schools in Britain, Fees of private schools in Britain, School reforms in Britain, City academies in Britain, American Charter schools, General Certificate of Secondary Education, GCSE, Institute of Public Policy Research, IPPR, Types of city academies, Opposition to city academies, Problems and specialisations of city academies, Co-operation of private and state schools in Britain

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