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To Bridge the Gap? Voluntary Action in Primary Schools

Body, Alison, Holman, Kerry, Hogg, Eddy (2017) To Bridge the Gap? Voluntary Action in Primary Schools. Voluntary Sector Review, 8 (3). pp. 251-271. ISSN 2040-8056. E-ISSN 2040-8064. (doi:10.1332/204080517X15090107362612) (KAR id:64122)

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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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/204080517X15090107362612
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Eddy Hogg
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 10:41 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:49 UTC
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