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Academies: Standards

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what powers are available to (a) his Department and (b) local authorities to deal with underperforming academies; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

A range of possible measures available to the Department to deal with underperforming academies, similar to the range of interventions are available for dealing with other underperforming state-funded schools. These range from providing support through School Improvement Partners and Educational Advisers to powers vested in the Secretary of State, which include the power to close an academy in the unlikely event that other interventions have not worked.

Academies are independent schools, and local authorities have no powers of intervention relating to an Academy's performance. However, each academy has at least one local authority representative on its governing body.

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