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Further 300 schools to be forced to become academies

28 June 2012

Michael Gove has set out that he intends to force another 300 primary schools to become academies.

In a move that is likely to be deeply unpopular with teachers unions, Gove announced that every school that is in Special Measures or has received a Notice to Improve will be subject to forced academisation.

Under the Academies Act 2010, the Secretary of state has been given the power to make an Academies Order where a school is eligible for intervention, and where they are not, it seems likely that Gove will continue the policy of forcing Local Authorities to issue warning notices.

This further decision will continue to stretch the already strained relationship between many local authorities and the Department for Education over the issue of forced academisation, and will undoubtedly place further scrutiny on the already under-fire decisions of Ofsted.

Whether through campaign or legal challenge, it seems unlikely that this announcement will be taken lying down by the schools and unions.

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