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Report urges school improvement duty

10 January 2013

Converter academies “have huge potential to be at the vanguard of a school-led model of school improvement”, says a new report published by the Academies Commission today. The report cautions, however, that whilst “autonomy and independence are fundamental elements of academisation”, this “should not mean isolation” and schools “need to learn from each other if improvement is to be as strong as it needs to be”. 

Whilst academy chains are identified as one model of collaboration, system leadership (the lateral collaboration of academies) and teaching schools are identified as 'a positive force for collaborative work'. 

The academy funding agreement, the contract between the academy and the Secretary of State, includes an express requirement that the academy will support other schools. It is likely that this requirement will have greater significance over the coming months and that academies will be under increasing scrutiny to drive not only their own school improvement but also to demonstrate that they are collaborating with others to do likewise.

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