1000 schools apply for academy freedoms

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The Secretary of State has outlined the number of schools which have shown an interest in becoming academies following the DfE announcement of the intention to expand the programme.

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove said: "I believe that headteachers and teachers know best how to run schools, not local bureaucrats or politicians.

"That’s why I wrote to every school in the country inviting them to take up academy freedoms if they wished to do so."

Michael Gove wrote to every headteacher in England saying he wanted to open up the Academies programme to all schools - including, for the first time, primaries and special schools.

He also pledged to make the process of becoming an academy quicker and less bureaucratic, removing local authority powers to block schools that want to become academies.

Schools that are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted will be fast tracked through the process.

Mr Gove said: "The response has been overwhelming. In just one week, over 1100 schools have applied. Of these, 626 are outstanding schools, including over 250 primary schools, nearly 300 secondary schools (over half of all the outstanding secondary schools in the country) and over 50 special schools."

Total number of schools who have applied for academy freedoms: 1114

  • non-outstanding schools: 488
  • outstanding’ schools: 626

Of the outstanding schools that have applied:

  • primary schools: 273
  • secondary schools: 299
  • all-through schools: 2
  • special schools: 52
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