Despite her apparent climb-down by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, regarding her proposal to force schools to become academies, Government policy has NOT changed, nor have the reasons for opposing it. We described the White Paper as a “poisonous pill” and it remains so.
The Department for Education website (see http://bit.ly/2702HUK) is clear about this, saying “the government is committed to every school becoming an academy.”
It goes on to say:
“In addition, the government will bring forward legislation which will trigger conversion of all schools within a local authority in 2 specific circumstances:
firstly, where it is clear that the local authority can no longer viably support its remaining schools because a critical mass of schools in that area has converted. Under this mechanism a local authority will also be able to request the Department for Education converts all of its remaining schools
secondly, where the local authority consistently fails to meet a minimum performance threshold across its schools, demonstrating an inability to bring about meaningful school improvement.”