Academy Guide

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Explaining academies: status update for schools?
There are over 24,000 schools in England. Over 600 now have academy status, which is around 16 per cent of secondary schools – and that looks set to accelerate. The original academy system was set up in 2000 and focused on poorly performing schools. With the change in Government in 2010, the criteria changed to invite schools that received an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating. This greatly increased applications and conversions, with many schools quickly expressing an interest. Further changes since have allowed more schools to apply for academy status. All academies will remain publicly funded but independently run, free from local authority control. The initiative is not without its critics, who believe that extending the opportunity – and asking the best performing schools to mentor underperforming schools – will fragment the education system. Whatever your views on how successful academies will be, assessing the process will be high on the agenda for many schools. We are also seeing schools partner as federations: pooling and maximising resources, assets and skills without academy status. Arguably the most significant change to the education system in recent years, few schools are going to ignore the option, seeking legal and financial guidance on how academy status could affect them before consulting staff, parents and pupils.

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For those that do choose the academy route, the timescale for swapping local authority control for state-funded independence is...