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Academies Commission

The commission was established in 2012, it is chaired by Christine Gilbert, a former Chief Inspector of Schools.

The academies commission website states that:

Good schools are vital to our individual and collective wellbeing and prosperity, and are vital for the foundation of a fair and cohesive society. Strong schooling enables us to cope with the uncertainties of life, develop our potential, and extend our opportunities. Good schools also work to correct underlying inequalities, and to advance other shared social and economic objectives.

The Academies Commission is a major inquiry into whether the increasing academisation of our schools advances these goals. It follows a rapid increase in the number of schools converting to academy status with numbers swelling from 203 to 2,456 since the coalition government came to power.

Commission report

The Commission has now issued its report, ‘Unleashing Greatness’ which looks at:

  • The implications of complete academisation for school improvement and pupil attainment
  • How improvement and attainment can best be secured within an academised system
  • The model and incipient outcomes from a school improvement perspective, focusing on issues of accountability, due diligence, and outcomes for pupils.
  • Emerging trends, risks, and related questions, concentrating on public interest.



Date: 14th January, 2013
Author: Wendy Bambrick


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