This week “the Department for Education claimed that today’s tables showed that sponsored academies were improving at three times the rate of other schools this year” (Telegraph, 12/12).

The DfE have claimed that SATs results in primary sponsored academies had grown by 3%, compared to 1% in all schools. This is an important statement, as it is likely to be used to argue that only by becoming an academy can an “under-performing” primary improve. It will be used to justify forced academisation. Is the claim a valid one?

Henry Stewart has analysed the data in two posts on the Local Schools Network website. The conclusion is indisputable (unless you’re Michael Gove, who ignores evidence  that doesn’t suit him): the latest SATS results show that primary academies do no better than similar maintained schools. In fact the biggest increases are in local authority schools.

Read the analyses at





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