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The academy sector in numbers

We've crunched the numbers to get a big picture of the sector so you don't have to

Posted by Stephanie Broad | February 22, 2016 | People, policy, politics

According to the latest DfE statistics, the total of open academies went over the 5,000 mark in January 2016 – almost 5,500 including free schools, studio schools and UTCs. 

Of the open academies, 2,891 are primary and 1,994 are secondary. Twenty-six new primary academies opened in January, compared to only two secondaries, indicating that the primary sector is far ahead in the conversion and sponsorship programme. 

Conversion application and approvals were up, following an apparent slowing-down in the last few months of 2015. The ever-higher numbers of applications indicates a growing interest in conversion for high-performing schools in the UK. As approvals increase, the government inches closer to its ‘every school an academy’ plan. 

What’s it like becoming an academy? We want to hear your views and experiences of conversion and adjusting to life after LAs. To contribute, send your stories to the editor.

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