Council oversight best for schools

Jan
27

The Education Select Committee has been looking at Academies and free schools with a view to addressing the following areas: 

  • The effectiveness of academisation in narrowing the gap for disadvantaged children
  • The process for establishing, academies and free schools, including working with sponsors.
  • The role of the Secretary of State in intervening in and supporting failing academies.
  • What alternatives to sponsored academy status should be offered to failing primary schools.

Findings in summary of its report include that:

"The Academies Programme has introduced healthy competition that may have helped drive improvement in English schools since 2010, say MPs, but the Department for Education must become more open about how it runs the programme and give Ofsted full powers to inspect academy chains"

In response the Local Government Association urged that councils "are best placed to ensure oversight of all schools is effective and any action needed can be taken quickly".

The CfPS has a resource to help councillors review school performance, governance and wider issues.

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