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Growth in academies

10 October 2011

According to the government, more than 1.2 million pupils are now in education in academies. The 1000th academy to choose academy status has just opened and joins more than 1,300 academies that are already in operation across the country. The pace of change seems to be surpassing even the Department for Education’s expectations.

This week the government also announced its plans for stepping up funding into setting up free schools in areas where there are shortages of pupil places.

Pupils in the new models of educational establishments are able to benefit from greater freedoms, the ability to innovate and to raise standards. Ministers hope that the range of schools available now to parents, such as academies, Free Schools and Studio Schools, will help transform the attainment and achievement of pupils in England.

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