chapter  4
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Despite changes since the 1988 Education Act, when more money and responsibilities were devolved from LEAs to schools, there was still a requirement that LEAs should be concerned about the quality of education in their schools. The relationship was no longer meant to be the proprietorial one that had existed before the 1988 Act, with the LEA clearly ‘in charge’, but there was still a role for LEAs. We wanted to know what part local authorities, in their modified form, might be playing in the improvement of literacy, so Study 2 of the research was devoted to a detailed scrutiny of four LEAs in particular. This was intended to yield some understanding of their ethos and their plans, and to investigate whether and to what extent they appeared to be making an impact on what happened in schools.