Academies: Standards

Department for Education written question – answered on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the levels of performance of (a) good, (b) satisfactory and (c) inadequate schools after becoming academies as a result of the introduction of new criteria for academisation in 2010.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

We are committed to the vision of a dynamic high-performing school system where every school is an academy.

The department routinely monitors the performance of all academies and intervenes swiftly if there are signs of underperformance.

The department published analysis in 2014 which showed that schools rated good or satisfactory were more likely to improve their rating after converting to academy status, this can be found on GOV.UK at:

Ofsted data from December 2015 have shown that 88% of previously inadequate schools improved their rating when inspected for the first time as a sponsored academy.

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