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Thirty-Two More Schools Become Academies

Magazine article Public Finance

Thirty-Two More Schools Become Academies

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Only 32 outstanding-rated schools have taken up the government's offer to reopen as academies in time for the new academic year, it emerged this week.

The Academies Bill, passed in July, allowed schools in England that were given an 'outstanding' rating in the last round of Ofsted inspections to convert to academy Stanis in time for September. The academy schools will be taken out of local authority control and given funding direct from central government.

The Department for Education said that around 110 more schools were applying for academy status and seven schools were in the process of becoming die first priman" academies.

Education Secretan' Michael Gove said he was 'quite encouraged' by the uptake and added that the first round of schools would act as 'pathfinders'.

However, the National Union of Teachers said it was a 'great mistake' to rush through the legislation. General secretary Christine Blower added that the lack of accountability·' of the academies would have a "dramatic effect' on children's education. …

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