More than 2,600 schools now open as Academies


New government figures reveal that there are now 3,167 schools in England either open as Academies or in the pipeline to become Academies.
This includes more than 2,000 converter Academies – schools which have decided to take advantage of the benefits and freedoms that come with Academy status.
The total also includes 200 of the weakest primary schools which are now sponsored Academies and getting the great leadership, support and external challenge they need to improve.
Failing schools have been specifically targeted by the Government for radical improvement. The total number of sponsored Academies is now 599 compared to just 203 in May 2010.

In 2011, the GCSE results of sponsored Academies open for at least two years improved almost twice as fast as those for all state-funded schools.

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