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Education written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what processes his Department has put in place to deal with failing academy schools.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department monitors the academic performance of academies and holds the sponsor to account for driving improvement in cases of underperformance. An academy is deemed to be underperforming if it is below the floor standard or in an Ofsted category of concern. The Office of the Schools Commissioner works with the sponsor to ensure robust action is taken to accelerate improvement.

The effect of the remedial action is assessed regularly and where an academy sponsor is unable to bring about improvement on its own, they may be required to work with an academy sponsor with a proven track-record.

In the event of serious and continuing failure formal intervention will be initiated aimed at removing the sponsor.

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