Today, influential social mobility charity the Sutton Trust publishes its fifth and final report into the effectiveness of academies at improving outcomes for disadvantaged groups of pupils.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said: "Converting to academy status can be a positive step for schools, but as this report, and other evidence shows, academy conversion is not an automatic guarantee of lasting improvement, or a better education for all pupils.
"All schools, regardless of size, type or location find themselves wrestling with the same barriers to success.
"Budgets are at breaking point. Recruiting and retaining staff is a constant headache. Many teachers and leaders are discouraged from working in deprived communities because of the way schools are held to account. Accountability also penalises schools which strive to be more inclusive.
"These are the realities of the current system. We should not presume that one school type is better than another.
"What is vital is that schools are offered high-quality, funded support when they need it. All state-funded schools, regardless of type, are at financial breaking point. Many will continue to struggle to give children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, the education and support they need until new money is released by the Treasury for schools.”
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