Academies

Council chiefs warn of ‘looming’ school places crisis

27/08/2019

Council leaders have called on the Government to give them more powers to open maintained schools to help avoid an impending secondary school place shortage.

Council schools get better Ofsted ratings than academies, report finds

23/05/2019

Council-maintained schools are more likely to remain ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ than their academy counterparts, new research suggests.

Over 50,000 pupils stuck in ‘zombie schools’

15/04/2019

Tens of thousands of pupils are stuck ‘in limbo’ as their academies wait to be transferred between trusts.

Academy chains perform ‘below average’ for disadvantaged pupils

24/12/2018

Two-thirds of academy chains perform below average for disadvantaged pupils, according to new research.

Labour pledges to scrap new academies

25/09/2018

Councils would be given control of academies and have new powers to build more schools if Labour were elected, the party conference heard yesterday.

Councils warn of secondary school places 'emergency'

31/08/2018

Half of all councils England may be unable to meet demand for new secondary school places within five years, town hall chiefs have warned today.

Whitehall ‘failing’ to learn from high-profile academy failures, MPs say

11/07/2018

The Government is ‘failing’ to learn from high-profile academy failures which have been damaging to the education of the children involved, MPs say.

Councils more likely to improve failing schools than academies

06/07/2018

Failing schools are more likely to be improved by councils than academy chains, new analysis has revealed.

Academies no better than council schools, think tank finds

19/06/2018

There is ‘little difference’ between academies and local authority schools when it comes to performance, according to an education think tank.

Whitehall must take control of 'faltering' academy finances, council chiefs say

25/05/2018

Ministers need to take control of 'faltering' academy finances or let councils step in, local government leaders have urged.

Whitehall announces decision to ‘simplify’ school assessment system

04/05/2018

Head teachers have welcomed the Government’s decision to ‘simplify’ the system by which schools performance is assessed.

Academy teachers ‘sceptical’ about effectiveness of academisation, poll reveals

20/04/2018

The majority of academy teachers and leaders are sceptical about the effectiveness of academy status, survey reveals.

Councils struggle to offer ‘integrated’ education due to academies

22/02/2018

Councils are struggling to take an ‘integrated, whole-system’ approach to education because of uneven mix of academies and maintained schools in many areas.

Government announces £45m for ‘successful’ academies

19/01/2018

The education secretary today announced £45m would be invested in ‘successful’ multi-academy trusts in a bid to drive up education standards in underperforming schools.

Half of councils unable to meet demand for secondary school places in five years

01/09/2017

A growing number of families will face problems finding a place for their child at a secondary school, local government leaders have warned.

Whitehall must 'closely monitor' primary academies, charity says

29/06/2017

A charity has urged Whitehall to ‘closely monitor’ education in primary academies to ensure quality is not negatively affected by academisation.

Councils call for greater power to increase first-choice school places

14/06/2017

Local government leaders have renewed demands to be given more power over school admissions following the latest figures on parental choice.

Councils call for power to turn around failing academies

10/02/2017

Councils have called for new powers to help them transform struggling schools, including the ability to sponsor schools that have been classified as unviable.

Councils accuse academies of cherry picking pupils

03/02/2017

Councils have warned their advice on where to place excluded pupils is being ignored so they should have the power to force academies to accept ‘hard to place’ children.

Academies need ‘transparent’ safeguarding arrangements to prevent child abuse

02/02/2017

A West Berkshire serious case review has reported there is a need for ‘clear and transparent’ governance arrangements of safeguarding, particularly in academies, to protect children from abuse.

Union defends ‘democratic’ role of councils in education

06/01/2017

Maintaining democratic accountability at the local level is key to education service delivery, says union as they warn against ‘discredited’ academy model.

LGA: Apprenticeship Levy ‘discriminates’ against council schools

06/01/2017

Small council-maintained schools should be treated the same as small academies and faith schools and be exempt from the Apprenticeship Levy, say council chiefs.

End of education grants ‘academisation by back door’

01/11/2016

Local authority leaders have branded a government move to end education grants to councils as ‘academisation by the back door’.

Government scraps forced academies plan

28/10/2016

Controversial plans to force all schools to convert into academies have been scrapped by the new education secretary Justine Greening.

Data reveals council-run schools performing better than academies

18/10/2016

Almost half a million pupils are in academies deemed inadequate or require improvement since converting from council-run schools, according to council chiefs.

Councils facing £320m bill for academisation plan

26/09/2016

The Government’s plan to covert school into academies could cost councils as much as £320m, new figures have revealed.

LGA welcomes education secretary’s academy comments

15/09/2016

Council bosses have welcomed comments by the new education secretary about schools not forced to become academies.

Councils call for oversight of academy finances after string of abuses

26/08/2016

Council chiefs are calling for local oversight of all school finances following a series of abuses by academies and free schools.

Cameron used final visit to announce 31 free schools

13/07/2016

On his final visit as prime minister, David Cameron has announced 31 new free schools, providing 20,000 places for pupils.

Academisation not always best for poorest pupils finds research

07/07/2016

One in five academy chains are performing below average for improving the education for disadvantaged pupils, new research has revealed.

Jobs 'under threat' from academisation plans

21/06/2016

Thousands of union members could face job and pay cuts as schools are transformed into academies, union delegate says.

Queen's Speech 2016: Education Bill could lead to 'backdoor academisation'

18/05/2016

A new Bill unveiled in the Queen’s speech today will legislate for the academisation of all maintained schools.

High-performing schools 'still at risk' of forced academisation

10/05/2016

Some outstanding local authority schools could still be forced to convert into academies, despite the Government back-tracking on the proposal last week.

Whitehall u-turn over forced academisation plans

06/05/2016

The Government has announced it is abandoning its plans to force all state schools to become academies.

Tory education chief sees ‘no democracy’ in forced academisation

29/04/2016

Devon’s Tory education chief has added his voice to protests over government plans to force all schools to become academies.

Government sticking to forced academisation plans

28/04/2016

The Government is sticking to plans to force all schools to become academies - but may leave door open for them to continue working with councils.

Local authority schools outperform academies, says research

26/04/2016

Council-run schools are outperforming academies in Oftsed inspections, research from the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.

Minister prepares to back track on academies plan

25/04/2016

The Government could be preparing to back down on its plans to convert all council-run schools into academies.

County warns academies plan could impact on vulnerable children

22/04/2016

West Sussex County Council has added its voice to the growing opposition against government plans to convert all schools into academies.

Academisation: Upheaval will bring risks

08/04/2016

Tilden Watson outlines some of challenges facing the government's plan to convert all schools into academies by 2020.

Tory academy plans face ‘funding blackhole’, say Labour

04/04/2016

The Government’s plans for forcing schools to become academies are facing a ‘funding blackhole’ of over £1bn.

Academisation hinders chancellor's Northern Powerhouse plans, says councillor

31/03/2016

The chancellor’s forced academisation plans could hinder his own vision of a Northern Powerhouse, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for education tells The MJ.

Only 7% of teachers support forced academisation, NUT finds

29/03/2016

93% of school leaders do not support the Government’s policy to force all schools to become academies, according to a teachers’ union survey.

Nearly 2,500 academies not signed up to healthy school meal standards

22/03/2016

A loophole that enables nearly 2,500 academies and free schools avoid signing up to healthy school meal standards must be closed in a forthcoming child obesity strategy, town hall leaders say.

£560m ‘black hole’ in chancellor’s school plans

18/03/2016

The chancellor’s plan to transform every school into an academy faces a £560m funding shortage, according to a new analysis.

Budget 2016: All schools to be converted into academies

16/03/2016

Fixating on giving schools independence will not generate improvement in education standards, local government representatives have warned.

Councils hit out at plans to convert all schools to academies

16/03/2016

Council leaders have opposed plans to convert all schools into academies, saying the move 'defied reason'.

'Serious weaknesses' at seven multi-academy trusts highlighted

11/03/2016

Many multi-academy trusts (MATs) have been manifesting the ‘same weaknesses as the worst-performing local authorities’, the chief inspector of schools has warned.

Councils call for more powers to provide secondary school places

29/02/2016

Council leaders want to be able to open new maintained schools or compel academies to take on more students in order to ensure every child can get a place at a secondary school.

Plans to convert coasting schools passed through Parliament

25/02/2016

New measures to force councils to convert failing schools into academies have been passed through Parliament.

Cameron pledges to crack down on 'coasting' academies

07/12/2015

The government’s coasting schools programme is to be extended to cover failing academies, under plans due to be announced by the prime minister later today.

Spending Review: Osborne to phase out council-run schools

25/11/2015

Local authority-run schools will be a ‘thing of the past’, the chancellor announced in his spending review today.

Cracking down on 'coasting' schools

17/08/2015

Tiffany Cloynes outlines the implications for local authorities under new measures to tackle 'coasting' schools

Cameron: Every school should be an academy

17/08/2015

Prime minister David Cameron has said ‘every school in the country’ should be moved out of council control and converted into an academy.

Council joins schools and academies to launch education company

28/07/2015

Sheffield is uniting local schools and academies under a new company designed to share expertise during a period of ‘increasing pressure’ on budgets.

Nearly half of academies are 'coasting' warns report

24/07/2015

Almost half of academy chains have schools that are performing below tough new government guidelines, according to new analysis.

Hundreds more schools face academy conversion under new ‘coasting’ measure

30/06/2015

Hundreds more schools risk being taken out of council control under new government measures to identify ‘coasting’ sites.

Councils forced to convert 1,000 'inadequate' schools into academies

03/06/2015

New measures will force councils to convert schools rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted into academies.

Councils call for more power to hold schools accountable

26/05/2015

Council leaders are calling for more power to intervene in failing schools to help hold academies and free schools to account.

Academies are 'better' than council run schools, says education secretary

18/05/2015

Education secretary Nicky Morgan has prompted an angry response from teachers after claiming academies are better run than council controlled schools.

Clegg confirms 277 schools set for £2bn refurbishment

09/02/2015

Ministers have announced a further 277 schools across England will be rebuilt under a multi-billion pound wave of refurbishment.

No evidence of academies improving standards, say MPs

27/01/2015

There is no evidence so far that academies are driving improvement in English schools, according to the cross-party parliamentary education select committee.

Miliband talks of making academies accountable

09/01/2015

A Labour government could hand oversight of academies back to local authorities, Ed Miliband has suggested.

Councils ‘footing the bill’ for academies

05/12/2014

Councils are diverting more than £22m of their budgets to help subsidise the cost of the academies programme, town hall chiefs are warning.

Spending watchdog slams school inspection regime

30/10/2014

The regime for inspecting standards in English schools has come under fire in a report from the National Audit Office.

New education commissioner appointed to oversee Trojan Horse response

25/09/2014

Birmingham's beleaguered schools and academies are to be overseen by former chief inspector of schools Sir Mike Tomlinson.

Convert all schools to academies, says right wing think tank

23/09/2014

All council primary and secondary schools should be converted to academies over the next five years, according to a right wing think tank.

Government appoints new Ofsted chair

31/07/2014

A trustee of the UK’s largest academy chain group has been appointed as the new chair of Ofsted.

Report reveals varying success for academies

24/07/2014

The best academy chains are outperforming other state-funded schools, while others are failing to raise standards, research has revealed.

Report: funding agency urged to get a grip on academies

10/06/2014

The governance of England’s growing number of academies is going unchecked due to failings by the agency responsible for funding schools, according to MPs.

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