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Who is sponsoring England's Academy schools - and where are they?

Garry Wed 26 Sep 2012 16:43

Thousands of schools in England are converting to academy status - are open already.
Find out where they are and who's sponsoring them - and help us fill in the gaps:

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There is a revolution happening in England's schools but - unless you have a son or daughter in one, or know someone who works in one - you might not know. Thousands of schools are coming out of state control, in ever-increasing numbers. But it doesn't make the data any clearer.

The latest statistics, published recently by the Department for Education, shows that there are now 2,309 academies open across the country - ten times the 203 that had been created by the time the Coalition government came to power in 2010.

What is an academy? Basically it is a school that's no longer under the jurisdiction of a local authority - either because it is an outstanding school which is funded directly by the Department for Education or, increasingly, because it is administered by a Sponsor, which can be a larger charities like the Harris or ARK groups, or a small federation of schools which have banded together.

Read more ... (The Guardian - 26 September)