Hatcher, R. (2006) Privatisation and sponsorship: the re-agenting of the school system in England. Journal of Education Policy 21 (5) 599-619.
In this article I use the concept of ‘re-agenting’ to explore and explain the role of non-state agencies, principally private companies and business entrepreneurs, as key instruments in the government’s transformation of the school system in England. Their role takes both for-profit and not-for-profit forms. The outsourcing to private companies of the implementation of government education policies and the delivery of educational services to schools and local authorities has created a profitable market. Equally significant is the growing involvement of the private sector in schools through the sponsorship of specialist schools and Academies on a non-profit basis.