This report relays the findings from the first year of the NFER evaluation of the pilot devolution of Education Welfare Services (EWS) to secondary schools, involving 16 self-selected and three 'control' LEAs.
The research involved questionnaires and telephone interviews with EWS managers, case-study visits to primary and secondary schools and analysis of attendance at school and LEA level.
This report includes analysis and discussion of:
- initial findings on the process of devolution and its immediate impact
- issues of Education Welfare Officer (EWO) management
- the otucomes and effects of devolution
- key factors in success
- the implications of EWS devolution to secondary schools compared to school-based or school-managed services.
The report should be of interest to both EWS and LEA staff.
How to cite this publication:
Atkinson, M., Karen, K., Kinder, K. and Wilkin, A. (2002). An evaluation of the devolution of education welfare services to secondary schools: The first year. Slough: NFER.