Commenting on a new Education Policy Institute (EPI) report examining the impact of academy chains and local authorities on pupil attainment, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said:
"Converting to academy status can be a positive step, and there are many head teachers that choose to convert in the best interests of their schools and communities they serve. But as this report shows, forcing a school to become an academy does not guarantee that anything will improve.
“At NAHT’s conference in May, the Secretary of State acknowledged this and talked about a new ‘support standard’ for schools. It will be important that the new ‘support standard’ is set at the right level and helps direct rapid, high-quality, funded support to the schools that need it most.
“The Secretary of State also understands that the many demands placed on schools add up to higher costs and that schools are paying out for more things than they used to as many of the sources of support they once relied on have been cut or now have to be bought in.
“All state-funded schools, regardless of type, are at financial breaking point. They are struggling to keep providing children with the support they need. Education is an essential public service, and the government needs to demonstrate its commitment to schools and young people by releasing more funds at the earliest possible opportunity.”
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