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The number of Academies in England passes 600

The number of academy schools in England has tripled since the coalition came to power less than a year ago. Some 629 schools are now academies – representing a three-fold increase on the figure when the coalition government came to power, the Department for Education (DfE) has said.

Ministers also revealed that in six local authority areas the majority of secondary schools now have academy status. The new figures show that some 357 schools have converted to academy status since September 2010 using new freedoms introduced by schools secretary Michael Gove.

The Government is also inviting more to apply for the semi-independent status, existing outside local authorities, in charge of budgets, pay and conditions. Unions oppose them, saying they will fracture the education system.

The Government says one in six of England’s secondary schools is now an academy and ultimately, it wants all schools to have this status, meaning they would be directly funded from central government.



Date: 12th April, 2011
Author: Wendy Bambrick


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