Labour will continue to allow good and outstanding schools to convert to academy status, according to shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt.
In an interview with the Academies Week newspaper, Mr Hunt said: "In terms of schools wishing to convert, that should be up to them, but I am sceptical about the use of public funds in terms of some of the subsidies for the process."
Mr Hunt said schools that do convert could face a subsidy cut. He also said he wanted schools to be able to leave academy chains that are underperforming.
Converter academies were introduced by the coalition's 2010 Academies Act. Institutions that make the conversion are eligible for a start-up grant of £25,000 provided to help with the costs of changing status.
Robert Hill, an education academic at King’s College London, welcomed the clarity provided by the shadow education secretary, saying it would prevent schools from rushing to convert to academy status.
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