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Just how good are academy schools? A new database makes it easier to tell

By Blog Editor, IOE Digital, on 13 March 2018

Bilal Nasim. 
There has been huge interest in the performance of schools that have changed from mainstream to academy status in recent years. Since 2010, successive governments have backed the opening of more academies, arguing that they drive up standards by allowing headteachers more freedom to innovate. Critics claim that there is scant evidence to show that becoming an academy is a guarantee of a better school.
So, can education researchers help to resolve this debate?
Until now it’s been quite difficult to track the performance of schools that change to academies. Previously, academic researchers and policymakers could make use of the (more…)