Since 1988, local education authorities have undergone rapid and significant change with regards to responsibilities. LEAs are now central to the local implementation of national policies, including the raising of standards of achievement in schools.

The broad aim of this research was to examine ways in which LEAs were supporting schools effectively in raising standards of achievement and implementing and managing the relevant national strategies and policies. The research was commissioned by the DfES and undertaken by the National Foundation for Educational Research. It took place in 2001-2002.

This brief examines the role of local education authorities with regards to this national priority, in particular assessing the effect of the Education Development Plan, the Code of Practice on LEA-School relations, Fair Funding, and the Standards Fund.


  • Introduction
  • Main Findings
  • Aim
  • Background
  • Methods
  • Other Findings
  • Additional Information