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ERIC Number: ED558676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Academies and Maintained Schools: What Do We Know? Election Factsheet
Gee, Geoff; Worth, Jack; Sims, David
National Foundation for Educational Research
This election factsheet highlights the following points: (1) Academies receive their funding directly from the government, rather than through local authorities like other state funded schools; (2) There are two types: converter academies (those previously with "good" or "outstanding" Ofsted grades that have converted to academy status) and sponsored academies (mostly underperforming schools converting to academy status and run by sponsors); (3) Comparing the most recent Ofsted grade of each type of school, converter academies are the most likely to be good and outstanding while sponsored academies are more likely than maintained schools to be graded requires improvement or inadequate. But this is to be expected as converters were high performing, and sponsored low performing, to begin with; and (4) School performance in sponsored secondary academies increased more quickly than in similar schools. The improvement was greatest in schools that had been academies for the longest, implying that the effect of academy status has a gradual impact on improving performance. There's little evidence available which looks at primaries. Types of primary and secondary schools in England including academies by Multi-Academy Trust, open academies, academies in development (March 2015), and academies' Ofsted performance are discussed herein.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Nuffield Foundation (England)
Authoring Institution: Full Fact (England); National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)