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Hackneyed Hockney, American entropy and the dangers of devolution

By Prospect   February 2012

The case for academies

To answer Philip Collins’s question (January), now that the government is encouraging every school to convert to academy status, will the original mission be lost? No. I believe this will create a critical mass of successful English schools.

Collins rightly argues that federations of academies will create economies of scale and have other advantages, notably in terms of lean management. Perhaps equally important will be the setting up of informal confederations of academies—and the presence within these of some of the best maintained schools will be to the advantage of the rest.

I see little to…

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