Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2012, Official Report, columns 587-8W, on academies: primary education, with which schools in Birmingham officials in his Department have engaged directly; what the results of that engagement have been in respect of each school; and if he will make a statement.
Elizabeth Truss (South West Norfolk, Conservative)
All schools, including special schools and pupil referral units, are able to become academies. Departmental officials engage with schools to find the best route for them to achieve academy status. For schools that wish to convert, engagement takes place when the Department receives an expression of interest or application from the school to convert. For schools below the floor standard or in Ofsted “special measures” and “notice to improve” categories, officials in the Department, working closely with the local authority when possible, will make contact with the school to discuss options for a sponsored solution to drive up performance. As of
We do not name schools where we are in the early stages of exploring sponsored academy options. We believe this has the potential to disrupt schools concerned.