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Tougher targets for academies

7 March 2013

The Government is raising the floor target for primaries. From next year primaries will need to ensure 65% achieve the expected levels in English and Maths. Those that miss this target face the risk of becoming sponsored academies.

Governors will need to ensure they understand the implications of academy status and the various multi-school options available to provide and receive school to school support. Governors will also need to understand the implications of sponsoring another school as an academy.

A recent survey by Ipsos Mori for Browne Jacobson showed whilst there is appetite amongst schools to embrace collaborative approaches more than half of all recently converted academies lacked the necessary knowledge and could benefit from additional guidance and support before agreeing to sponsor.

The National College has launched an online resource to provide information on the implications and opportunities under the academy programme. It is important that governors make use of this and other sources of support to avoid clambering for support at the last moment.

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