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new school intervention powers now in force

18 April 2016

The majority of the Education and Adoption Act comes into force today. Alongside the Act, a revised version of Schools Causing Concern, statutory guidance on school intervention, also takes effect.

Any school graded inadequate by Ofsted can now expect to receive an Academy Order. We expect the relevant Regional School Commissioner will be in touch with those schools to discuss next steps, if they haven’t been already. The Government’s intention is that action, including identifying the most suitable sponsor, is taken as swiftly as possible. Having received the Academy Order, the governing body of the school (and the local authority) will be under a statutory duty to “facilitate” the school’s conversion by taking all reasonable steps towards that end.

The much-debated provisions around coasting schools and academies have not yet taken effect.

The implementation of the Act is the Government’s academies agenda shifting into the next gear. Given the contents of the white paper published last month, acceleration over the next five years seems inevitable.

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