Not all schools will now be required to convert to academies, education secretary Nicky Morgan announced on Thursday (May 5th).
Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, has welcomed the news, stating: "We recognise that the government remains strongly in favour of academies and we ourselves have nothing against voluntary conversion to academy status. We can have a much better conversation about academies in this new climate. We welcome this constructive approach."
The changes to this initiative will mean that all schools that are rated as 'good' or 'outstanding' will have the choice of whether to convert to academy status or to remain under the power of local authorities.
The updated legislation will mean that schools in 'underperforming' local authorities will be converted into academies.
Many schools that have been considered to be underperforming, but have converted into academies, have seen huge improvements in recent years, and so the updated plans intend to ensure that all schools are achieving 'good' or 'outstanding' ratings.