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full steam ahead on the academies programme

18 May 2015

Nicky Morgan has wasted no time in confirming that the new Government intends to continue and expand the academy conversion programme. In her recent article for The Telegraph the Education Secretary has confirmed what was intimated in the run up to the General Election that new legislation will be introduced, firstly to speed up intervention in failing schools and secondly to intervene in ‘coasting’ schools. Academy conversion is likely to be the result for schools unable to show the ability to improve.

The Education Secretary also said that she would be looking to introduce powers to overrule objections from councils and to ensure that her orders over the fate of failing schools take precedence.

There will be considerable interest in the definition of ‘coasting’ as approximately 3300 schools currently graded as 'requires improvement' (RI) will feel that this initiative is aimed at them. It is unlikely that all RI schools will be targeted but perhaps those with a record of persistent failure to improve will be the first to come under detailed scrutiny.

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