George Osborne announced today that every state school is to become an academy by 2020, or at least to be in possession of an academy order for 2022 conversion. Whilst all this is being reported as new, it is effectively a recalibration of Michael Gove’s original 2010 plan for full academisation to be secured by 2015. Hopefully the details of how this vision is to be delivered will revealed in the new White Paper due to be published tomorrow.
Busy and busier times ahead for the regional school commissioners, who have been working for some time, meeting with local authorities and multi academy trust leaders, looking to re-inject momentum into the pace of academy conversions, which of late has begun to tail off. At the heart of this challenge is the task of scaling the number of effective multi academy trusts, safely and at a greater speed than has been achieved so far.
Many of those schools, for whom the decision making and process was straightforward, have already converted. Those schools which remain unconverted may well have good reason for not doing so and many of these are in relation to operating securely at arm’s length from a maintaining authority.