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Academy sector in numbers, July 2016

Latest government figures show decrease in conversion applications while 73 schools await a sponsor

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 17, 2016 | People, policy, politics

The latest DfE data on academy schools open and in the pipeline shows that while the overall number of schools is increasing, there remains a backlog awaiting approval and sponsorship.

The total number of academies, free schools, studio schools and UTCs now stands at 5,774, making up 27% of all schools nationally. Large multi-academy trusts are still a minority, though – with almost half of all academies in a trust of one or two schools, and 20% in a trust of three to five schools. 

Applications to convert to academy status fell to 83 in July, while the rate of application approval decreased by 58% from May. As well as the slowing converter pipeline, 73 academies in the sponsorship process are awaiting sponsors, including 10 schools due to open in the next six months.

See the full data on the DfE website.

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