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Call for All Schools to Have Academy Freedoms

Magazine article Public Finance

Call for All Schools to Have Academy Freedoms

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The freedom of management enjoyed by academy schools should be applied more widely, a market-leaning think-tank said this week.

In a report for Reform, Richard Tice, chair of governors at Northampton Academy, described the practical effect of academy status on his school, which had been badly under-performing. Management freedom had transformed the ability and willingness of the school's leaders to take decisions, he said, resulting in changes to teaching and discipline policies.

'It has increasingly become clear to me that the freedom of the independent management structure devised for academies is the main driver to their success, where so many others have failed to manage these schools beforehand.

'While the new facilities and buildings are an important, much-needed addition in a deprived inner urban area, they do not on their own improve overall performance. This comes from the management and leadership.'

He called for academy principles to be rolled out across the entire state sector, with teachers' pay and conditions set locally, higher salaries for senior managers in schools and a more business-like approach. …

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