Councils warn academies could mean 'poorer education system'

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24th April 2016

The Government is pursuing its plans to turn all schools into academies with "undue haste", according to a group of mainly Conservative local authorities.

The Government wants all schools to be academies by 2022
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Under the current proposals all English schools will be taken out of local authority oversight by 2022.

Standards will be monitored by a set of eight Regional Schools Commissioners appointed by the Government.

The chairman of the County Councils Network, Paul Carter, said he worried the plans would "lead to a poorer education system... because the value that local authorities generally provide to schools will be removed".

Mr Carter, who also leads Kent County Council, told the BBC that the plan to introduce commissioners would herald a "new regional quangocracy" without proper local accountability.

A Department for Education spokesperson insisted that the new system would be responsive to local needs.

"Multi-academy trusts and stand-alone academies will work with regional schools commissioners to ensure the needs of the local community - including high-needs pupils - are met swiftly."