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Using local information for national work

These information flows are two-directional. Sharing local information at the national level is an important and empowering process. Discussions and analysis at the local level can illustrate the impact of a policy or budget; bringing life to what otherwise might be a theoretical argument. Compilations of alternative budgets from a range of schools can highlight local preferences for investment. Statistical evidence can demonstrate the true beneficiaries of a budget, and the impact on different groups of a particular spending plan.

Budget tracking procedures can show where money is disappearing from the system and local information can be used to quantify the investment needed to achieve education for all. What’s more, local discussion and analysis can flag up new issues which may not have been considered at national level, suggesting new priorities for campaigning or additional research needs. This could be particularly important for issues such as procurement policies and regenerating local markets which may not traditionally be considered by education campaigning groups.