Natalie Ruane, Partner and Head of Schools at Burnetts comments on the Chancellor's announcement that all schools must become academies by 2020 or have official plans to do so by 2022.
She said, “Nationally, around 60% of secondary schools are already academies so academisation has been on their agendas for some time. For the primary sector it’s a different matter as the take up for voluntary academisation has been slower. It will be a huge change in culture. There are particular problems for Cumbria where we have numerous small, village schools which won’t be able to convert on their own and will have to look for partner schools with whom to form Multi Academy Trusts. Many smaller schools will be unable to work together because of religious constraints. Many will find themselves being forced to come under the wing of national organisations and that will not be popular with heads or parents.”
She continued, "For the local authorities, it will mean further erosion. They may not be surprised at the government’s announcement today, but it is likely to lead to even more cuts to funding and services and therefore jobs.”
On Monday 21st March Burnetts hosted a free event for schools which explained the conversion process. See the latest events here.All News