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News - 27 January 2015

Do Academies raise standards?

In a report from the Education Select Committee into England's school system, it says that there is no clear evidence to show that "academies raise standards overall".

Liz Kennett, Audit and Accounts Manager of ABDS, and a Schools and Charities specialist comments:
“The report from the cross-party committee of MPs says that standards have risen in the state school system, but it is still too early to determine the impact of academies. The report calls for much more transparency on what really works in academies.”

Committee chairman Graham Stuart said: “Current evidence does not prove that academies raise standards overall or for disadvantaged children. It is clear though that academisation has led to greater competition, challenging many maintained schools to improve and incentivising local authorities to develop speedier and more effective interventions in underperforming schools."

The MPs also want more clarity over funding, raising questions as to whether the Education Funding Agency can be both the funder and regulator.

There is a call for more transparency in the oversight of academies, including creating a way for schools to leave academy chains and to develop a plan for schools when an academy chain fails.

The report calls for Ofsted to be able to inspect academy chains - and last week the Department for Education conceded that inspectors would be able to carry out such inspections, but without delivering a formal judgement.

While academies have become a majority in secondary school they remain a minority of primary schools. Before pressing ahead with an expansion of primary academies, the MPs say, research into their value should be commissioned as a "matter of urgency".

On the quality of free schools, the report says it is "too early to draw conclusions". But it calls for more clarity over funding and better co-ordination with local authorities.

The education secretary said academies and free schools have helped by "promoting new ideas and approaches, and helping to drive up standards in other local schools as a result".

Becky Francis, professor of education at King's College London, said the report illustrates that "the evidence on whether or not academies have had more success in raising attainment than other equivalent schools is mixed, and hard to pin down".

Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said this was "an utterly damning report".

Mary Bousted, leader of the ATL teachers' union, said the report showed: "Academy status is no magic potion to transform schools."

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman, Peter Ham or Liz Kennett now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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