The Brentwood Weekly News is reporting that a number of failing primary schools across Basildon have been told by the director of education at Essex County Council to become sponsored academies in a bid to improve standards.
Tim Coulson, the director of education at Essex County Council, issued the ultimatum during a crunch meeting with primary schools.
Mr Coulson said it was the only way County Hall believes schools in the borough can achieve rapid and sustained improvement.
Seven Basildon primaries are rated inadequate and 14 rated satisfactory by Ofsted, Now Essex County Council is looking at bringing in a multi-academy sponsor to raise standards.
However, the move has been slammed by Alasdair Smith, chairman of the Anti-Academies Alliance.