annal nayyar blogs Struggling academies and free schools are to face a crackdown amid concerns about the quality of some chains, England’s new schools tsar has revealed

Struggling academies and free schools are to face a crackdown amid concerns about the quality of some chains, England’s new schools tsar has revealed. Sir David Carter, who was appointed National Schools Commissioner in December, has set out his plans to identify the 100 weakest academies and introduce a new hierarchical system for academy chains. Academy chains or multi-academy trusts will be organised into four levels based on the number of schools under their control, and will have to undergo new assessments before being allowed to expand to reach the next tier. Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said Sir David’s comments demonstrated that academies did not in themselves raise standards

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