Government U-turns on forced academisation for all schools

The government has announced a U-turn on its highly controversial plans to force all state schools to become academies by 2022.

TES understands that ministers will now allow good and outstanding schools in many areas to stay under local authority control.

The climb-down comes after sustained and widespread opposition. Many of the calls to reverse the plan came from Conservative MPs and local councillors.

But it will be particularly embarrassing as education secretary Nicky Morgan has said “there is no reverse gear on academisation”.

More to follow.

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