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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