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Academies - only 32 hares but potentially plenty of tortoises

3 September 2010

The Department for Education has revealed that a total of 142 schools are currently on track to convert to academy status this academic year. 32 of these conversions will take place this month.

The conversions form part of the Government's much-publicised new academies programme, which encourages maintained schools to adopt academy freedoms. Based on the current number of schools due to convert, the NUT has deemed new academies "a failure".

However, as relevant legislation only came into force last month and the option of conversion is only currently available to “outstanding” schools, surely many schools will be keen to see how the frontrunners fare before committing to a conversion? A slow start perhaps, but with a full school year now ahead, the pace of conversion could rise significantly.

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