Failing schools more likely to improve under LA control, new study claims

Schools with poor Ofsted grades were more likely to improve if they stayed under local authority control than if they converted to academies, a new analysis has found.

Not only that, the study found good schools that converted to academies were more likely to lose their strong Ofsted grade, findings which critics say undermine the government’s academisation policy.

But proponents of academisation have described the report as “faulty”, claiming the figures are skewed because councils tend to keep the schools where issues were “straightforward to solve”.

The Local Government Association, which commissioned the report, said the study “clearly shows that staying under council control delivers better results for a school than those which convert to an academy”.

LGA report here

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