Academies: Tories hope to complete Michael Gove’s schools revolution by letting councils set up academy trusts

The Government is looking at letting local authorities set up and run academy chains to finally achieve its ambition of every school in England being an academy.

Several sources have told i that as part of its planned Schools White Paper, the Department for Education (DfE) could relax current rules barring councils from founding trusts and appointing their boards.

While the Government has previously been hostile to the idea of local authorities having any role, there has been a softening of attitudes under the new Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi.

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