Academies And Free Schools
HC 258, Fourth Report of Session 2014-15 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
- House of Commons - Education Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The landscape of schooling in England has been transformed over the last five years, the report 'Academies And Free Schools (HC 258)' examines their impact in more detail.
Academy sponsorship has encouraged and facilitated the contribution of individuals not previously involved in education provision, and laid down a challenge to maintained schools to improve or face replacement by the insurgent academy model.
The development of outstanding Multi Academy Trusts like 'Ark and Harris' offers an alternative system to the one overseen by local authorities, while the unified Ofsted inspection regime and published performance data generally allows fair judgment of comparative performance. However, there is a complex relationship between attainment, autonomy, collaboration and accountability.
Current evidence does not allow the Committee to draw conclusions on whether academies in themselves are a positive force for change. This is partly a matter of timing but more information is needed on the performance of individual academy chains.
Most academy freedoms are available to all schools, and the Committee recommends that curriculum freedoms are also extended to maintained schools.
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