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Give schools greater autonomy to ensure they are able to make decisions necessary to meet local priorities and circumstances.

Research by the OECD demonstrates that systems with high levels of autonomy tend to fare better than others. Autonomy promotes initiative and innovation. It secures greater commitment from staff to make necessary change. It allows dialogue among schools, parents and young people to be more productive. Schools can see themselves as more directly accountable to those to whom they already feel most responsible; families, young people and the local community.