The Education Select Committee has just published a report in which claims that academies will naturally improve educational outcomes are demonstrably unproven. In the words of the Conservative MP, Graham Stuart, who chairs the committee, ‘Current evidence does not prove that academies raise standards overall or for disadvantaged children.’ He added, ‘While some chains have clearly raised attainment, others achieve worse outcomes creating huge disparities within the academy sector and compared to other mainstream schools’
Tristram Hunt was also critical of the government’s policies. He described the report as a ‘damning verdict’.He also stated that ‘The report finds that under David Cameron there is no convincing evidence that schools policy has delivered improvements.’
The report calls for Ofsted to be able to inspect academy chains – and last week the Department for Education conceded that inspectors would be able to carry out such inspections. The MPs also called for further research ‘as a matter of urgency’ before any further steps were taken to convert more primary schools into academies. You read more about this on the BBC website. The full report can be downloaded from the Parliamentary website.