This thesis describes the changes in educational governance that took place in England and Wales from 1978 to 1988. The methodology used is the 'snapshot' approach which examines official policy documents combined with an analysis of relevant newspaper articles. The method facilitates the construction of 'Involvement Maps' which describe the governance structures and allows for a comparison of the involvement of interest groups in the decision making process.
The thesis finds that during the ten year period, responsibility for educational processes was devolved, but that control was centralised. Also the direction of policy change, development and implementation were seen to be unaffected by a change from Socialist to Conservative central governments.