To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will ask officials in his Department to notify (a) the relevant local education authority and (b) the hon. Member for the relevant constituency when his Department initiates contact with a primary school regarding possible conversion to academy status.
All primary schools that are performing well can apply to convert to academy status. Any primary school, irrespective of performance, can apply to join an established academy trust. Primary schools initiate this process by submitting an application to the Department for Education.
The Academies Act 2010 requires the governing body of a converting school to consult interested parties. Schools decide how they wish to do this and whom to consult. Departmental officials encourage schools to consult their local authority as part of this process.
The Government aim to find sponsors for the worst performing schools so they can reopen as sponsored academies. Departmental officials work closely with local authorities wherever possible to identify schools and sponsors as well as engaging directly with the school. As a result, local authorities will know which schools in their area may become sponsored academies.
In all cases, the Secretary of State writes to local authorities to notify them when he issues an academy order in relation to a school. He also writes to the Member of Parliament in whose constituency the school is located when a funding agreement is signed.