(Of a school) funded by central rather than local government, and self-governing.
- Half of all state secondaries will be autonomous (rather like grant-maintained schools under the Tories) by 2010.
- It removed the polytechnics (now universities) and sixth-form colleges from local control and allowed secondary schools to opt out of local authority control and become grant-maintained schools funded by Whitehall.
- The Shadow Education Secretary said he was ‘quite angry’ that the Prime Minister had ‘effectively wasted eight years’ in offering head - teachers the powers grant-maintained schools had enjoyed.
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