The government should allow some academies to return to local authority control, a new report says.
Strong performing councils should to be able to take on schools in struggling academy trusts – in the same way a local authority-run school can be moved to an academy chain, a think-tank has said.
The study, from the Education Policy Institute (EPI), found little difference in the performance of schools run by academy chains and those run by councils – as standards vary between the different types of schools.
Academy budgets are in an even worse state than those of council-run schools with eight out of 10 in deficit, suggest figures from their accountants.
Two more years like this and the entire sector could face insolvency, says a report from the Kreston UK accountancy network which looked at 450 schools.
Eight years have passed since the coalition government empowered schools to free themselves of sinister-sounding local council “control” and become academies. Politicians sold a vision of a world in which our children’s education would instead be managed by “charitable trusts”.
The plan was to extend the “big society” – a utopian vision in which citizen groups would run public services, from local libraries to police units. But less than a decade later, and those have-a-go heroes have become walkaway washouts, as charity after charity is pulling the plug and handing back its schools.
There is no difference in the performance of multi-academy trusts and groups of local authority schools, a new report from the Education Policy Institute has found.
The report, which compared school performance and pupil improvement at every trust and local authority in England at both key stage two and four, makes a number of recommendations to improve the academy system, including allowing local authorities to take schools back from failing trusts.
Read the EPI report here https://epi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/EPI-Academy-LA-Performance_.pdf