Hinds calls for more schools to become academies

Figures out today show that more than 50 per cent of pupils in state-funded schools in England are now studying in an academy or free school.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has hailed the milestone as “a decisive moment” and urged more schools to consider the “freedom and opportunities” offered by becoming an academy.

But his comments came as a report from Parliament’s public spending watchdog raised a variety of serious concerns about the academies programme, warning that academy failures were damaging children’s education


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