Angela Rayner: No new academies or free schools under a Labour government

Addressing the party’s conference in Liverpool, Angela Rayner will blast the current system as “simply not fit for purpose” and will commit to putting powers over admissions and the building of new schools fully back into the hands of councils. Politics Home reports.

Among the series of reforms is a plan to make it easier for failing so-called “zombie academies” to be moved back into local authority control, rather than being left waiting for another academy chain to take them on.

It will also move to allow new co-operative schools where there is demand from parents and staff.

And the party will bring forward a ban on commercial arrangements between academy trusts and companies or individuals who are also sponsoring or involved in running the trust.

Elsewhere the party will draft rules to ensure multi-academy trust bosses are unable to pay themselves “fat cat salaries”.

“The Tories have thrown money at an academy and free school programme that is not improving outcomes for pupils, even while individual schools have their budgets cut year after year,” she will say.

Ms Rayner will add that under the new rules “unaccountable” zombie academies, of which the party says there are now 124, will no longer be left in “limbo”.

“The Tories’ fragmentation and school system has created zombie schools – caught between academy chains who are under no obligation to take them on and a Government that simply washes its hands of the problem, refusing to step in and take responsibility,” she will add.

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