The TES is reporting that nearly 600 church schools may be affected by plans put to heads and governors.
Hundreds of church schools would be converted into academies under diocese plans attracting sharp criticism from headteachers and governors.
The plans would see nearly 600 church schools covered by three dioceses in central and southern England, educating about 200,000 pupils, run by academy trusts responsible for up to 22 schools each.
Rob Kelsall, senior regional organiser for the NAHT headteachers’ union, said that the diocese plans could amount to “forced academisation by the back door”. This has been denied by the dioceses. Mr Kelsall added that many school leaders were wary of their schools losing autonomy under the proposals.
Under a proposal put to headteachers and governors of schools in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster on 1 December, 180 schools would join 12 multi-academy trusts (MAT) with a combined income of £451m.
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