Up to 1,000 schools in England could become academies under plans announced yesterday (June 3rd) by education secretary Nicky Morgan.
The new Education and Adoption Bill will force councils and governing bodies to speed up the transformation of underperforming schools, removing barriers to their conversion into academies.
Under the new rules, every institution deemed to be 'inadequate' by Ofsted will be turned into an academy.
The government says the measures are being put in place because campaigners could too easily disrupt the conversion process, which was often detrimental to the prospects of pupils in underperforming schools.
Plans to tackle coasting schools by putting them on a notice to improve have also been included in the bill, meaning they will be given expert assistance and may be required to change their leadership unless they can demonstrate a clear plan for improvement.
Ms Morgan said: "At the heart of our commitment to delivering real social justice is our belief that every pupil deserves an excellent education and that no parent should have to be content with their child spending a single day in a failing school."
The government has been able to intervene in around half of local authority-maintained schools rated as inadequate by Ofsted since 2010. As a result of the new measures, it will be given the power to intervene in all of these schools.
While the exact number of affected institutions will depend on future Ofsted findings, it is estimated that up to 1,000 local authority-maintained schools could be transformed.
One institution that faced delays to its conversion into academy status is the City of Derby Academy, which opened in place of the failing Sinfin Community School in 2013.
In its first year of academy status, the school came out of special measures and pupils' GCSE results improved. Ofsted confirmed that since its transformation teaching has improved, pupils are progressing more rapidly and pupil behaviour and attendance have improved.
Posted by Tim Colman