Academisation of state education has reduced freedom and autonomy for schools

The rapid conversion of state schools to academies since 2010 has resulted in the majority of such schools having less freedom than before, according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a leading education lawyer at Matrix.

Almost a third of state schools have become academies since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition expanded the academies programme from 2010, with a key aim to give schools more freedom. However, the policy has resulted in over 70% of academies having less freedom than they had before, as they are run by Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), and no longer exist as ‘autonomous’ schools unlike schools maintained by local authorities.

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