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new Education and Adoption Bill passed by Parliament

25 February 2016

The Education and Adoption Bill has now completed its passage through Parliament. The Bill was hotly debated in the House of Commons and some amendments were made in the House of Lords but the Bill largely retains the key principles originally proposed last summer.

This includes provision for any school which is rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted to automatically be issued with an academy order. The Bill also removes schools’ statutory right to appeal Warning Notices and formally introduces the concept of coasting schools. Late amendments made to the Bill in the House of Lords mean that although there will no longer be a requirement to ‘consult’ stakeholders about a sponsored academy conversion, sponsors will be required to ‘communicate’ the proposed changes that are to be made.

The Bill still needs to receive Royal Assent but, once in force, we can expect the Government’s academies and intervention agenda to rapidly accelerate.

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