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The ‘convert more schools to academies’ Bill

Next Discussed

18th
May.

Current
Stage

What

  • To convert struggling schools in the worst performing local authorities to academies and convince other schools of the benefits of academisation

  • To give schools responsibility for what happens to pupils after exclusion

  • To reform technical education through an employer-led system and high-quality qualifications

  • To make school funding fairer by introduing a new formula that gives schools with the same kinds of pupils the same funding

Why

| This Bill would give headteachers more control over school improvement and ensure that they look out for the interests of every child, by taking responsibility for finding the right provider for their excluded pupils.

Reforms to technical education would help to meet demand from employers, ensuring that students end up in skilled professions and helping to close the productivity gap between our economy and other leading economies.

The Bill originally proposed to convert all schools to academies, but this was dropped after strong criticism from all parties. Instead it encourages struggling schools to become academies.

Who

Education Secretary, Justine Greening, and the Department for Education are in charge of this Bill.

Other Arguments

| Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, has pointed out that the plan to convert more schools to academies requires more excellent multi-academy trusts for them to join with, but existing chains tend to perform worse than the average school.

Allan Foulds, President of the ASCL union, has warned that the new funding formula will not solve the heavy pressure on school budgets and that more investment is needed.

It has also been argued that the Bill fails to address the real challenges faced by the education system, such as the shortage of teachers and school places. You can read more about the education sector’s response to the Bill here.

How to get involved

Speak to your MP.

If I don’t act, will it go through?

As a Government Bill, it is very likely to go through.

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