Every link in this chain of influence and/or command has the capacity to undermine any other or all others in the chain.
Because of the controlling hierarchical management structure of all schools, that demand secrecy and confidentially in all directions nobody has a clue what is going wrong. That does not stop anyone having an opinion, but it does seem that the least informed are the most opinionated.
Michael Gove has no empirical evidence to support his wasteful privatisation of education. He is only able to proceed on ideological grounds because such evidence is not available as it once was, either because it is not kept, or because evidence has been hidden away, or shredded, or worse. Educational whistle blowers have been silenced with gagging orders on an industrial scale. The root causes of Britain's failure to educate is within those never-to-be-seen secret files.
Britain's educational standards have been allowed to decline ever more on the international scale, and some would say it was because of the culture of secrets and lies.
Keeping the lid on the secrets with gagging orders has meant that the uninformed can assert with misplaced messianic zeal that they are right, and the most damaging example of this would be Michael Gove himself.
Our new Academies and Free Schools are allowed ever more secret regimes, not that they would share anything that had been silenced by a Confidentiality Agreement, paid for by the public purse.
You might think that Ofsted Inspectors are incorruptible, or that Head Teachers and Governors never tell a lie. Think again. Watch this space or drop me a line if you find this far-fetched.