The BBC is reporting that failing academies are not being helped to improve fast enough in England by the government officials overseeing them, a committee of MPs has heard.
Just 84 of the 277 academies rated as inadequate between 2010 and 2015, had been found new academy sponsors, the Commons Education Committee heard.
The government says failing academies face swifter action than struggling schools linked to local authorities.
School commissioner, Rebecca Clark, who oversees the academies programme in the South West, told the committee the need to get new potential academy sponsors on board was a “very real priority” for her and her colleagues.
“Five to 10 to 15 years from now, we should have a system where we can catch schools before they go into decline,” she said.
Ian Mearns MP replied: “The children in the schools we are talking about have not got five, 10, 15 years, they need the school that they are in improved around them now, and they need someone overseeing improvement and doing it very quickly.”
And there was an “inherent flaw” in the system – there were not enough academy sponsors available to take over struggling academies.
“We are moving towards a system where all schools are academies, and it is not working now,” he added.
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