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Academy 'vision' as Conservatives mark 100 days in office

Prime minister says he wants every school to become an academy, although schools will not be forced to convert

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 19, 2015 | People, policy, politics

As the Conservative government celebrates 100 days in office, David Cameron has vowed to transform the British education system by encouraging more schools to convert to academy status. By doing this, Cameron believes schools can be ‘turned around’ when academy chains ‘step in and sort it out’. 

Speaking to the BBC, he said he wanted schools to be run by teachers, not bureaucrats and so ‘all schools’ should become academies. This comes after the Education and Adoption Bill was introduced by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, promising to convert all schools deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

More than half of the UK’s secondary schools are now academies and those considered ‘coasting’ could also convert following government intervention. But industry figures are keen to emphasise that turning a school into an academy will not necessarily lead to the improvement the government wants to see. Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, has previously said: “Campaigners will not take any lectures from Nicky Morgan on social justice. A change in structure is not axiomatically the path to school improvement.' 

Has academy sponsorship or conversion changed your school’s performance for the better? Send me your stories at stephanie.broad@wildfirecomms.co.uk    

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