SCHOOLS THAT CONVERTED TO ACADEMY STATUS ARE PERFORMING BETTER THAN OTHER LOCAL AUTHORITY SCHOOLS

 

The Department for Education has published a report on how so-called “converter”(as opposed to ‘sponsored’) academies have performed after their change of status. These account for more than two-thirds of the 3,613 academy schools.

This report looks at the performance of such converter academies, many of which, of course,  would have been higher-attaining schools before they changed their status.

In terms of GCSE results, this summer’s results showed 70% of converter academies achieving the benchmark of five good GCSEs including English and maths, compared with 59% of local authority schools.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “This report shows that academies are doing much better than local authority schools.

“Academy status lets teachers get on with the job, free from bureaucratic interference. Our reforms are raising standards and giving more parents the choice of a great local state school.”

A Labour spokesman said: ‘It is not the legal status of a school that matters most, it’s the quality of the teaching in the classroom.

“David Cameron has watered down teaching standards by allowing unqualified teachers into classrooms on a permanent basis. The Tory-led government is neglecting teacher quality for all schools, which is damaging standards across the country as a whole.”

The reports key findings are:

Based on outcomes from inspections carried out during the 2012/13 academic year:

Primary converter academies previously rated as outstanding were more likely to  retain that rating than local authority maintained mainstream schools.

Primary converter academies previously rated as good were more likely to subsequently be rated as outstanding than local authority maintained mainstream schools and were also less likely to achieve a lower rating.

 Primary converter academies previously rated as satisfactory were more likely to improve that rating than local authority maintained mainstream schools.

Secondary converter academies previously rated as outstanding were marginally more likely to retain that rating than local authority maintained mainstream schools.

 Secondary converter academies previously rated as good were more likely to subsequently be rated as outstanding than local authority maintained mainstream schools and were also less likely to achieve a lower rating.

 Secondary converter academies previously rated as satisfactory were more likely to improve that rating than local authority maintained mainstream schools.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/performance-of-converter-academies-in-2012-to-2013

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