Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Peer Predicts Fall of 'Berlin Wall': News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Peer Predicts Fall of 'Berlin Wall': News

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More independents will convert to academies, argues Adonis.

Scores of independent schools are likely to become academies in a bid to offer an academic education to pupils regardless of their ability to pay, former schools minister Andrew Adonis has said.

Over the coming years, 50 or 60 more private schools could become state- funded academies instead, he said. Writing in TES this week, Lord Adonis has predicted that the "Berlin Wall" between the state and independent sectors could finally be dismantled, with the expansion of the academies programme and the creation of free schools giving leading private institutions the opportunity to become more involved in state education.

So far just a handful of private schools have become academies, mainly in the North, as a result of the recession and an oversupply of independent schools.

He believes dozens more could convert to reconnect with their original charitable status, through a modern twist on the old direct grant scheme, which enabled private schools to become state funded while retaining their selective intakes. …

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