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academies Act passes into law

29 July 2010

The Academies Act passed into law earlier this week, paving the way for hundreds of schools to become academies. The government has been criticised for rushing the legislation through Parliament using procedures usually reserved for national emergencies. Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, has said, "Whatever people's views on academies may be, by by-passing the usual democratic process, the legitimate and essential right to debate such an important issue is removed". However, schools that want to become academies will welcome the swiftness of the legislation, which means that they can proceed quickly to become academies and obtain the freedoms associated with conversion.

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