The LEA and the National Curriculum
The Education Reform Act has meant a significant change in the role and responsibilities of the local education authority (LEA). Inevitably one must ask the question: does the advent of self-managed schools, whether they stay within the orbit of the LEA or seek grant maintained status, together with a nationally determined curriculum, mean that the LEA's future role will be negligible? Will the LEA, like unpopular schools, be left to wither on the vine? If not, what direction should the LEA take and what should be its future role?