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State Schools Continue to Opt Out of Local Authority Rule

Thursday 6th January 2011

The BBC today reports that the government says there are now 407 primary and secondary schools with state-funded independent status. This mean that they have opted out of the control by local auhtority councils, and are now run by head teachers. Academies have greater control over their budgets and can set their own pay and conditions for staff. The government has argued that giving schools greater autonomy will help to improve standards.

The Education Secretary Michael Gove said the change amounted to the "fastest rate of education reform in English history". The number of schools changing to acaddemy staus has doubled since the general election last year.

 

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