Government formally drops academies legislation

The BBC is reporting that the government has decided to drop a bill to convert schools to academies. 

The Education Bill was based on a white paper which initially suggested all schools in England would be compelled to become academies. 

But the element of compulsion was dropped after protests from councils and, instead, the bill encouraged schools to convert. Education Secretary Justine Greening said no new legislation was required.

In a written Parliamentary statement Ms Greening said: “Our ambition remains that all schools should benefit from the freedom and autonomy that academy status brings. Our focus, however, is on building capacity in the system and encouraging schools to convert voluntarily.”

The element of compulsion was dropped by the government after protests from many councils, including the mainly Conservative members of the County Council Network, who were opposed to forcing high-performing schools in their areas to convert.

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  1. hexisplus

    SchoolsImprove HPlusTraining did you see the report on newsnight about certain types of superhead being ineffective long term? #surgeons

  2. MadeUpTeacher1 SchoolsImprove MrBlachford Still time to complete the consultation.  Be warned: it supposes agreement with the plans.  For further explanation and links see my blog

  3. One flawed bill gone.  Another one to go.  Complete the consultation:

  4. GodSquadandMe

    SchoolsImprove don’t be fooled – Our Local Auth plan is still that all schools convert as they withdraw services to save £

  5. Nairb1

    Interesting to see how that withdrawal of services goes. The government have withdrawn the central grant which paid for LA school improvement services but have not removed the requirement on LAs to provide such services. So, here we go again, shambolic government planning … aka making it up as you go along.

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