Academies

Department for Education written question – answered on 27th May 2022.

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Photo of Lord Watson of Invergowrie Lord Watson of Invergowrie Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for EducationĀ is ableĀ to require local authorities to develop local strategic plans to bring local authority maintained schools into the academy system.

Photo of Baroness Barran Baroness Barran The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, does not have the power to require local authorities to develop strategic plans to bring local authority-maintained schools into the academy system. The Schools Bill contains a power for local authorities to support schools in joining academy trusts by applying for academy orders on their behalf.

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