A school can only be successful where there is active interaction between teachers, parents and pupils. The central management of schools counteracts this. Giving more control at the school level means issues can be dealt with more effectively and leads to more accountability and transparency.
At the moment schools are managed centrally. Whilst this might sound more efficient, it slows down processes and leads to less accountability. Giving more control to schools enables them to be more responsive to changing needs. The Mulkerrin Report highlighted the current teacher appointment system which is too slow and cumbersome and results in the best teachers being lost before we get them.
I fully support the idea of Locally Managed Schools combined with streamlining the central support structure currently in place.