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Greater freedoms in designated or priority areas

Greater freedoms in designated or priority areas as a spur for innovation. Examples include the ‘Power to Innovate’, introduced in 2003 in the UK to allow schools, colleges and local authorities and trusts to ask the Minister to suspend or modify educational legislation that was holding back innovative approaches to raising standards. In this case, the impact was relatively modest - in the first 5 years of the programme, 24 orders were made affecting 199 schools. They were limited to issues such as the timing of school sessions (half of them), changes in school governance, such as the size of the governing body or pupil representation (one third) and the provision of free school meals. However, the model could be applied in other contexts.