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Getting more from academies

Unacceptable regional attainment gaps persist

By Ben Dobson  

Mossbourne Community Academy, the successor to Hackney Downs School, London ©Tarquin Binary

In 2000, David Blunkett pledged to redress regional “inequality of opportunity and disadvantage” by bringing together “business, the voluntary sector and central and local government” through the introduction of academy schools.

As they have grown in number—now representing 27 per cent of all state-funded schools—academies have increasingly formed supportive chains.  With the government vehemently endorsing the expansion of the academy programme, it is important—if Blunkett’s vision is…

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