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Academies and free schools – Commons Education Committee

February 19, 2015

The Commons Education Committee has published a report that reveals a number of key facts on the extent of academies and free schools, including evidence of the effect of academy status on standards and closing the gap.

Unleashing Greatness RSA-Pearson Academies Commission Report

January 11, 2013

The Academies Commission, chaired by former HMCI Christine Gilbert, has published its report (10 January 2013), Unleashing Greatness, which considers both the impact of the academies programme to date and what should happen when the majority of schools may be academies. It is specifically concerned with ensuring that the programme…

Managing the expansion of the academies programme – NAO report

December 7, 2012

• The National Audit Office (NAO) have published a report (“Managing the expansion the Academies Programme”) evaluating the implementation of the Schools Academies Programme (“the Programme”) since May 2010, and the adequacy of the Government’s funding and oversight framework across the academies sector. • The NAO found that while the…

Competition Meets Collaboration: Policy Exchange Report

November 21, 2012

The think tank Policy Exchange has recently published a report, Competition Meets Collaboration: helping school chains address England’s long tail of educational failure, written by James O’Shaughnessy (previously Director of Policy to Prime Minister David Cameron). It suggests that the academy programme has been effective in raising standards, but ‘a…

Are we sleepwalking into a centralised education system?

September 19, 2012 by Laurie Thraves

Research carried out by the LGiU in 2011 found that most secondary are expected to be academies or free schools by 2015. Ultimately, this could mean that up to 24,000 schools and governing bodies are accountable solely to the Secretary of State. Conversions to academy status, according to new data…

The Effectiveness of the Academy Schools Programme

August 7, 2012

Academy Schools under the last Labour government were largely failing schools that had become ‘Sponsored’ Academies. Since the advent of the Coalition government Academy ‘converter’ schools are largely schools that are performing well. This Briefing considers the wider debate about the effectiveness of increased school autonomy and the ‘Sponsored’ academy…

A fair crack of the whip to fulfil role

February 3, 2012 by Jonathan Carr-West

This article was first published in TES Whatever you think about academies, it seems that they are here to stay. Forty per cent of secondary schools have converted, or are in the process of converting to, academy status and, although the rate of conversion has slowed, there is little reason…

Councils need more power to fulfil education role

January 27, 2012 by Laurie Thraves

LGiU Director Jonathan Carr-West has a comment piece in this week’s TES.  Jonathan argues that, whatever you think of academy schools, they’re not going away.  He argues that there’s a reasonable localist case for academies since true localists should be committed to devolving power to the lowest level possible.  In…

Sutton Council raising the cap on primary class sizes

January 6, 2012 by Laurie Thraves

The Guardian reports that Sutton Council is spoiling for a fight with Education Secretary Michael Gove over its plans to raise the cap on primary class sizes to more than 30 pupils.  The Chief Executive of Sutton Council Niall Bolger is reportedly contacting other local authorities to test support for raising…

Michael Gove’s speech at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College

January 5, 2012 by Laurie Thraves

Michael Gove go a bit hot under the collar yesterday morning according to Politics Home.  The pace of his academies programme has resulted in some critics branding him an “ideologue” presiding over a massive shake-up of education with little regard for the long-term consequences. In a speech at Habersashers’ Aske’s Hatchem…

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