Academies Bill Receives Second Reading

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09 Jun 2010
The Academies Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords this week. This Bill introduces measures to make it possible for more government funded schools to become academies. Many issues were discussed during this debate including improving performance in failing schools and the National Curriculum.

The Labour Government’s Academies programme was about transforming the most under-performing schools. To do this businesses and universities were brought in, as well as extra money and new school buildings to make sure that the most disadvantaged pupils in the most disadvantaged communities got a better chance.

The new Education Secretary’s changes to the Academies programme will now mean that the schools which get extra resources, in effect from other schools in their area, will in the first instance be those which are already doing well.

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