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Two-thirds of academy chains perform below average for disadvantaged pupils, according to new research.
Councils would be given control of academies and have new powers to build more schools if Labour were elected, the party conference heard yesterday.
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.
The Government is ‘failing’ to learn from high-profile academy failures which have been damaging to the education of the children involved, MPs say.
Failing schools are more likely to be improved by councils than academy chains, new analysis has revealed.
There is ‘little difference’ between academies and local authority schools when it comes to performance, according to an education think tank.
Ministers need to take control of 'faltering' academy finances or let councils step in, local government leaders have urged.
Head teachers have welcomed the Government’s decision to ‘simplify’ the system by which schools performance is assessed.
The majority of academy teachers and leaders are sceptical about the effectiveness of academy status, survey reveals.
Councils are struggling to take an ‘integrated, whole-system’ approach to education because of uneven mix of academies and maintained schools in many areas.