Annal Nayyar – article states Academic standards continue to rise under the academies programme

Standards continue to rise under the government’s flagship academies programme, which is improving the education of thousands of pupils across the country, provisional GCSE figures published today (15 October 2015) show.

Provisional GCSE results, published for the first time today, show that converter academies are performing 7.2 percentage points above the national average, with 63.3% of pupils achieving the headline measure of 5+ A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths.

Alongside this, figures show recently-opened sponsored academies are matching or bettering their performance year-on-year, in spite of the significant challenges of transforming underperforming schools.

Increases over the first few years of performance for sponsored academies demonstrate the rapid improvement which can be achieved when underperforming schools are taken over by strong sponsors.

For the first time, converter academies make up the single biggest school type of secondary school, representing more than 40% of schools with results out today. This demonstrates that the government’s flagship academies programme is continuing to transform the landscape of English education, with more heads enjoying the freedom to run their school in a way that works for their pupils – and in doing so creating a greater choice of good school places.

High-performing converter academies make up the majority of academy sponsors, allowing the best headteachers to share their expertise with others – around three-quarters of the 120 sponsors approved in the last school year were academy converters, demonstrating significant progress towards a self-improving, school-led system.



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