Raising standards in our schools: does class size really matter?
A reduction in the number of pupils per teacher in United Kingdom secondary schools does not appear to affect the earnings of the pupils in later life. There are factors other than resourcing which appear to affect the effectiveness of schools. A reduction in class size should be carried out in the inital years of schooling, rather than funding being focused on secondary education, as occurs in the United Kingdom. Research should be carried out on what differences there are between good and bad schools, including ways in which parents are involved and management quality at the schools.
Publication Name: Economic Outlook
The emergence of the educational entrepreneur
The UK 1988 Education Reform Act has resulted in the need for head teachers who have excellent business skills as schools who opt-out are not managed by local education authorities. Research based on East Midland schools show that headteachers face 5 main types of pressures: government; information; training; local education authority and parental. Results show that headteachers have to be innovators, practical, committed, calculating and have the ability to provide leadership, disseminate and use the existing management structure in order to survive.
Publication Name: Long Range Planning
Auditor liability and the precision of accounting standards
Vague negligence standards are compared with those that have greater precision, and Nash equilibria are used for the analysis. A number of factors affect the level of precision of auditing standards, and criticisms are made if they are too vague to be interpreted easily. Yet problems can also arise from too much precision, and vague standards do not have to be problematic. There are a number of factors which merit further research, such as decisions made by managers.
Publication Name: Journal of Institutional & Theoretical Economics
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