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Legislation to give more schools opportunity to become academies

Information on the legislation that will enable more schools to convert to academy status.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Academies Bill and the Education and Children’s Bill will be introduced to enable more schools to achieve academy status, give teachers greater freedoms over the curriculum and allow new providers to run state schools.

Regarding the legislation, Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, said:

Teachers know how to run schools, not bureaucrats or politicians. That’s why this Government is committed to giving all schools greater freedom. Many schools have already shown a keen interest in gaining academy freedoms. They want to use those powers to increase standards for all children and close the gap between the richest and the poorest.

The Academies Bill in full, as well as explanatory notes, can be downloaded from this page.

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Published 26 May 2010