Report claims academy oversight costs 44% more per pupil

The systems of oversight for academies cost 44 per cent more per pupil than those of local authority schools, according to a new report, although the analysis is based largely on estimates of how the government spends its cash.

A report into the ‘middle tier’ systems of accountability and support – including the Education and Skills Funding Agency, regional schools commissioners and the National College of Teaching and Learning – has estimated that in 2016-17 oversight of academies cost £167.05 per pupil (£687 million) compared to £115.71 per pupil (£524.4 million) in LA schools.

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