Education written question – answered on 18th March 2014.

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Photo of John Denham John Denham Labour, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Education which academy chains have been restricted (a) in full and (b) in part from sponsoring new academies or free schools; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The number of approved sponsors with open academies that have been restricted is reviewed regularly in the light of the latest assessment of performance. At 27 February 2014, 14 sponsors were restricted in full from sponsoring new academies or free schools out of a total of over 350 approved sponsors that currently support academies.

They are:

1. Academies Enterprise Trust (AET)

2. Academy Transformation Trust (ATT)

3. Barnfield Academies Trust

4. City of Wolverhampton Academy Trust

5. Djanogly Learning Trust

6. E-ACT

7. Grace Foundation

8. Landau Foundation

9. Lee Chapel Academy Trust

10. Prospects Academies Trust

11. South Nottingham College Academy Trust

12.The Learning Schools Trust

13. University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT)

14. West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership

There are other sponsors that have decided to consolidate their growth, preferring to focus on improving the performance of their open academies. The Department does not record these centrally.

This Government are tough on under-performance wherever it occurs—be it in council-run schools or in academy chains.

The vast majority of academies and sponsors are performing well, with key stage 2 and GCSE results improving faster in academies than council-run schools.

When we do have concerns about the performance of academy sponsors, we act quickly by stopping them from taking on new projects, so that they focus on their existing schools and ensure that pupils receive a good education. Only when sponsors have demonstrated this are they then able to take on new academies.

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