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Academies not sharing?

7 November 2013

The Education Select Committee has warned that many academies are not fulfilling their requirement to share their expertise with struggling maintained schools.

The Committee stated they had “received overwhelming evidence that converter academies are not living up to this expectation and pulling their weight when it comes to supporting other schools.”

It also criticised the DfE for not enforcing this commitment, with many schools failing to follow through with the support they indicated they would give on conversion to academy status.

One of the main advantages of being an academy is having the autonomy to collaborate and innovate in terms of their approaches to sharing best practice and driving school improvement.

In working with schools putting in place legal structures to support collaboration, we have seen excellent examples of where shared working really is making a great difference. It will be interesting to see whether the DfE takes the Committee’s comments on board and looks to incentivise and co-ordinate the self improvement system further.

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