To bridge the gap? Voluntary action in primary schools

Body, A., Hogg, E. and Holman, K. (2017) To bridge the gap? Voluntary action in primary schools. Voluntary Sector Review, 8 (3). pp. 251-271. ISSN 2040-8064.

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Voluntary action has long played a role in state education, with Parent Teacher Associations being one of the most common forms of charitable organisation in England. However, education policy, driven by a growing free-market discourse and policy initiatives such as localism, is increasingly pushing for greater voluntary action.

This article explores the distribution of voluntary action for primary schools in one local authority area in England. Drawing upon primary data from 114 questionnaires completed by head teachers and secondary data from the financial records (2013/14) of 380 primary schools, we find evidence of considerable uneven dispersal of voluntary action between schools. These disparities are related to factors including school size, location, leadership ideology and the socio-economic profile of the school. The consequence of this uneven distribution is that schools catering for more affluent communities are more likely to have additional resources than those with poorer profiles.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education > LC0066 Economic aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Childhood and Education Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Ali Body
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2017 08:49
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 08:01

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