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NAHT comment on new Sutton Trust Research: Best academy chains outperform maintained schools for poorer pupils, but weakest ones fall behind

Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT said: “The research from the Sutton Trust supports our belief that academy conversion is not a silver bullet guaranteed to deliver success.

“There are some great academies and some weak academies. We must celebrate the work of those chains which make a proven difference in the most challenging circumstances but we cannot brush over the limitations of others.

“Structural change is a means to an end, not an end itself. This government, like many others before it, appears to have forgotten this fact. 

“Those academy chains which succeed maintain a clear focus and plan their growth carefully. The government's earlier efforts to encourage some chains to grow at a rapid pace seem increasingly misguided.”

Link to the report: http://www.suttontrust.com/news/news/best-academy-chains-outperform-maintained-schools-for-poorer/

Page Published: 24/07/2014

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