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Momentum builds as academies programme expands

18 November 2010

It’s been a busy week for the DfE. First, the government announced plans to force under performing schools to become academies. This was followed by promises of an extra £3 billion investment for the Leaders in Education programme to help recruit strong head teachers 'to turn around weaker schools'.

Yesterday, it was announced that all good schools with outstanding features will automatically be eligible for academy status and special schools will be able to apply to convert in January. The DfE have also stated that every school can apply to become an academy by working in partnership with highly-performing schools.

It is clear that Michael Gove is intent on making academies the rule rather than the exception for every school as soon as possible. Critics arguing against the programme say it will lead to weak coordination at Local Authority level and a fragmented education system. Nevertheless those that choose not to convert may find themselves in the minority before too long.

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