Annal Nayyar blogs on report from bbc that The government has survived a challenge in the House of Lords to its plan to fast-track more local authority schools in England to become academies.

The Education and Adoption Bill addresses the problem of underperforming “coasting” schools, but allows less challenge or consultation.

Labour peers wanted more consultation for parents and said academy status was not the only way to improve schools.

“It seems no opposition is to be tolerated,” said Labour’s Lord Watson.

But the government survived an opposition amendment when the result was tied at 219 votes on both sides, another amendment was defeated by a margin of 14 votes.

Rapid response

Education Minister Lord Nash said the government’s plans were manifesto commitments and weak schools needed urgent improvements without excessive procedural delays.

Last week, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan introduced her own amendment to the plans so that failing academies would also come under scrutiny, with the expectation that they would be taken over by another academy chain.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that local authorities running schools should become a “thing of the past”.

Shadow education minister Lord Watson said there was no evidence to show academies were inherently better than local authority schools.

And he warned an excess of “political dogma” was behind the push for academies and excluding the views of parents would create “mistrust and resentment”.

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