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Largest Academy Survey to Date Finds Few Managing Change

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Largest Academy Survey to Date Finds Few Managing Change

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Few Academy schools are using their freedoms to make significant management changes, according to the largest survey of the education initiative undertaken to date.

The independent not-for-profit Schools Networkand think tank Reform heard the views of 478 Academies, representing almost a third of the total in England. Over three-quarters (76 per cent) said they had no plans to change the school day, with almost two-thirds (64 per cent) intending to change neither their admissions policy nor staff terms and conditions.

Two-fifths claimed they had no need to incentivise their staff using pay, 30 per cent said they were prevented from doing so by TUPE regulations, and 60 per cent explained the co-existence of national pay and conditions led to cultural complications.

Meanwhile, only a third (35 per cent) cited curriculum changes as the main driver for seeking Academy status, and 31 per cent have used their freedom to make such changes. …

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