Rise in number of schools applying for academy status
The number of academies now open in the UK has risen to more than 20% of the number of secondary schools. In the last month alone 110 schools applied to become academies, and 97 had their applications completed.
In fact overall there have been 1353 applications from schools to change their status since June 2010, meaning that now over a third of all secondary schools are either academies, or are in the process of becoming one.
This rise can be partly attributed to the fact that lower achieving schools are now recognising that by partnering up with outstanding schools, they can form a multi-academy chain, and hence reap the benefits of access to their new partner’s experience, expertise and skills.
The overriding expectation of this system is that higher achieving schools will raise the standards of those schools performing below bar, hence raising the overall quality of teaching across the board.
At the time or writing (July 2011) the number of academies in the UK stands at 801, but we can expect to see this figure continue to rise in the future, as more and more schools seek the extra freedom which comes with academy status.
Date: 20th July, 2011
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