The rise and rise of academies is a real cause for concern to all parents. Academies are, to all intents and purposes, state-funded independent schools outside local authority control and the National Curriculum, which receive their funding directly from central government. Most of them opened their doors from September 2010 onwards, with the blessing and encouragement of coalition ministers.

The current conservative government has said that the push to increase the number of academy schools “is not about ideology. It’s an evidence-based, practical solution.”

Really?  Here are a few points of evidence the Conservatives prefer not to  dwell on.

Academies. Facts 2018

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