Contex of the research
Relationships between schools government, parents and students are changing within education systems across Europe. Many governments are creating mechanisms for schools to become more accountable to parents and to government through increased use of quality assurance mechanisms. In some cases running alongside this increased accountability is the delegation of greater responsibility to individual schools and school governors often in the form of greater financial control. This also involves the individual school and sometimes volunteer school governors having to take greater legal responsibility for the management of their school and the safety of their students.

Underpinning all these changes is the legal and legislative framework established in education and other laws – which vary considerably across Europe.

This project has established a network of partners from Belgium (Flanders), The Netherlands, Greece, France, United Kingdom and Germany and other experts from Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Austria. It is comparing the various national education systems from a legal perspective in order to identify the best and most used legislative instruments focusing on quality, safety, responsibility and liability.