Education Secretary Michael Gove has written to all primary and secondary schools in England inviting them to become academies.
Academies are state-funded schools which are independent of local authority control.
Schools rated as outstanding by inspectors could be fast-tracked into academy status for the autumn.
Education Secretary Michael Gove says he wants to bring back “radicalism” and give schools more freedom.
The proposals could mean thousands of schools leaving local authority control. Some of us might be wondering if this really is radical or a repackaging of the Grant Maintained Status schools from the last Conservative government?
Michael Gove went on to say “It’s about saying to heads, and boards of Governors and teachers – it’s up to you.”
One thing remains unclear at the moment – what incentives are the government going to offer schools to become academies and will their successful application have a ripple effect to neighbouring schools? As a Governor – I will be urging the rest of my Governing Body to consider the invitation very carefully, weighing up any short and long term gains against the support and guidance we enjoy from our local authority.
About one in five secondary schools are currently rated as outstanding.
All other state schools will also be invited to apply to become academies and to opt out of local authority control. I am very interested to see any success criteria for these other schools and whether attainment seems to be a major factor.
One thing is for sure – this represents a sea of change and our schools will have some serious self analysis and soul searching to do in the coming months.
Read the official Department for Education information here.