Over million children taught in academies


Nearly 1.2 million children in England now attend academies – schools with the freedom to meet the needs of their pupils, rather than answering to local or national politicians and bureaucrats. This means one in three secondary pupils are taught in academies.

The Academies programme has expanded rapidly in the last twelve months. In July 2010 the Academies Act made it possible for any good school to apply to become an academy. Since then more than 1500 have applied with 1031 set to be open by the end of this week.
In addition, there are 319 sponsored academies, turning around schools that were previously underperforming. The Government is increasing the number of sponsored academies with 116 opening since the election. More will open this year than ever before.
More than 40 per cent of all secondary schools are now open or in the process of opening as academies.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said: "There are now more than 1,300 academies open. One thousand have opened in the last year. One million children are now educated in academies.

"They benefit from longer school days, smaller class sizes, better paid teachers, more personalised learning, improved discipline and higher standards all round."

  • There are now 1,350 schools are now academies across England. 319 are sponsored academies – of which 116 have opened since May 2010 and 45 more are expected to open later this academic year.
  • There are 101 chains of converter academies with a total of 289 schools. On average there are around three schools working together to improve education for their pupils making up these chains.
  • Nearly 1.2 million pupils are now attending academies – this means around one in seven pupils in state maintained schools are now attending Academies and one in three pupils in secondary schools.
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