Swindon council abandons plans to force every school to be an academy

A Conservative council has ditched plans to convert all schools into academies by 2025, after new education secretary Nadhim Zahawi struck a more conciliatory tone on academisation than his predecessor.

Swindon council’s cabinet was due to approve plans on Wednesday to “support” 25 maintained schools and 18 standalone academies to “proactively move towards” joining multi-academy trusts.

The move sparked a union backlash amid fears of forced conversions


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