Secretary of State proposing new powers to intervene in ‘coasting’ academies
December 14, 2015
The Department for Education (DfE) has tabled new amendments to the Education and Adoption Bill, formalising their powers to intervene in all academies. Announcing the amendments recently, Nicky Morgan said that their intention is to ‘ensure that we can move any failing academy swiftly to a new sponsor’:
Academies judged ‘inadequate’: the Secretary of State would have powers to terminate an academy’s funding agreement but sponsors must have an opportunity to make representations
Academies which are ‘coasting’: the Secretary of State would issue a termination warning notice specifying action the academy must take and a timescale. The Secretary of State would have power to terminate an academy’s funding agreement if these terms were not met
Another amendment proposed by Minister Lord Nash requires that, when a school is subject to an academy order, proposed sponsors must communicate information about their plans to improve the school to all registered parents. Lords from opposition parties have tabled an amendment calling for schools subject to an academy order to hold full consultations on whether conversion is the best route for their school.
The Education and Adoption Bill will next be debated in the House of Lords next Wednesday (16 December).