This equalities impact assessment provides details on the bill and the rationale behind the programme.
The academies bill will enable all maintained schools, including primary and special schools, to apply to become academies. This will give them the freedoms and flexibilities to continue to drive up standards and narrow the gap between rich and poor.
Pupils in our most disadvantaged communities have historically been failed by weak and underperforming schools. The Academies programme was established to raise standards by breaking the cycle of underperformance and low expectations. They have historically replaced underperforming schools and are designed to raise the aspirations and achievement of local pupils. The government will continue to use the Academies programme to support excellent sponsors in turning round our weakest schools.
- description of the policy
- the evidence base
- what the evidence shows - key facts