Responding to reports that the government will aim to make every school an academy, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, says: "If every school in the country became an academy tomorrow, the performance of the education system would be unchanged; the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students would remain the same. Simply removing schools from local authority control, without considering the new frameworks of support that must surround them will solve nothing by itself.
"We have no problem with academies; we just don't believe they are a panacea. We think the emphasis should be on school to school collaboration, without such concern about the exact legal vehicle. The challenges of the years ahead are challenges of capacity that will need national and regional co-ordination.
"We want to know what will happen for small schools that rely on external support and which appear neglected in most strategies. Who will step in to support them?
"We hope that local authorities will reinvent themselves to offer services that schools can buy into. It would make sense to us to allow some local authorities to establish academy chains."
Page Published: 15/03/2016