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more DfE academies monitoring recommended

10 January 2013

The Academies Commission has called for the Department for Education (DfE), in collaboration with local authorities, to strengthen its role in monitoring attainment and intervening to ensure improvement in schools.  It has urged local authorities to embrace their new role as ‘champions for children’, scrutinising local provision and highlighting issues.

In particular, the Commission’s report recommends: 

  • greater scrutiny of sponsors before and after academy conversion
  • implementing ‘meaningful’ consultation with parents
  • the DfE sharpen its role in monitoring and intervening in academy chains if standards are not being met
  • funding agreements for chains be reduced to five years
  • an annual report on the performance of sponsors from the Office of the Schools Commissioner  
  • tighter systems of financial accountability and routine visits to schools to investigate compliance 
The report looks forward to a fully academised system and it’s right that greater autonomy given to academies is accompanied by checks and balances to ensure transparency, accountability and the delivery of a good education.

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