Jonathan Werran 03 June 2015

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

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

Setting out the Education and Adoption Bill, which was announced in the Queen’s Speech last week, education secretary Nicky Morgan, claimed the ‘landmark Bill will allow the best education experts to intervene in poor schools from the first day we spot failure’.

‘It will sweep away the bureaucratic and legal loopholes previously exploited by those who put ideological objections above the best interests of children,’ Ms Morgan added.

The Department for Education has claimed the measures outlined today would allow the Government to tackle every local authority maintained school given an ‘inadequate’ rating – a figure that officials estimate could be as high as 1,000.

Since 2010 the Government has successfully intervened in around half of such schools, and ministers hope the new legislation would curtail the ability of campaigners to block or delay the takeover of schools by education experts working for academy sponsors.

The Bill will also include previously announced powers to overhaul ‘coasting’ schools, with a consultation on proposals to be set out in the summer.

In response, Cllr David Simmonds, chairman of the Local Government Association’s children and young people board, said councils were already turning around hundreds of schools - often in disadvantated areas.

'It’s clear that strong leadership, outstanding classroom teaching and effective support staff and governors are the crucial factors in transforming standards in struggling schools,' Cllr Simmonds said.

'We want to see bureaucratic barriers that have for a long time prevented councils from intervening swept away,' he added. Cllr Simmonds also expressed worry about emerging evidence of a shortage of head teachers.

'We need to ensure that we focus our resources on ensuring there are enough outstanding school leaders, rather than on structures and legal status, as it is this which makes the difference we all want to see.'

Skate parks are not the only fruit image

Skate parks are not the only fruit

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Interim Head of Fostering

Tile Hill
Negotiable day rate
We are working with a local authority client in London who is looking for an Interim Head of Fostering, the local authority was last inspected as “... London (Central), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Interim Head of Children in Care and Care Leavers

Tile Hill
Negotiable day rate
We are working with a local authority client in London who is looking for an Interim Head of Children in Care and Care Leavers, the local authority... London (Central), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Head of Regeneration and Economy

City of York Council
£59,593 - £68,094
York is a wonderful place to live and work and it is quite rightly famous across the globe. York, North Yorkshire / Hybrid
Recuriter: City of York Council

Clinical Lead, North Essex

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Clinical Lead, North EssexPermanent, Full TimeUp to £57,869 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Director Legal,&Governance/Monitoring Officer

Rochdale BC
£70,340 - £81,589
The Assistant Director role has breadth of responsibility beyond legal services incorporating Constitutional and Democratic Services Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Rochdale BC

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.