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Academies and free schools the order of the day

30 March 2012

The Prime Minister provided us with an update on progress made since the “Our Public Services” White Paper (July 2011).

Despite some achievements eliminating poor performing schools and raising attainment in deprived areas remain a work in progress. The expansion of good schools and good schools taking over worse schools are actively encouraged, thereby promoting innovative school structures evolving out of academy chains and federations, progress fully supported by the Government.

As divisive as the Free Schools policy might be, the March update reiterates its importance to the government with 100,000 extra places planned in all by 2015. The £600m to fund Free Schools announced in the Autumn Statement is there to be spent.

The March update tells us little more than we already knew. Academies and Free Schools remain the cornerstones for education provision. Becoming an Academy is still the norm, Academy chains and innovative group structures are the order of the day and the delivery of the Free Schools policy will continue unabated.

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