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Any future expansion of the academies programme requires a clear vision of how it will improve outcomes for learners, argues NFER Thinks paper

15 May 2015

Since their introduction, the number of academy schools has been growing rapidly each year. While the Conservative Manifesto pledged to continue increasing their number, NFER argues that now is the time to assess whether further expansion is warranted, and indeed feasible. According to our paper published today, any future expansion of the academies programme requires a clear vision of how it will improve the long-term outcomes for learners.

Academies: It’s time to learn the lessons reviews what has been learnt from academies to date and identifies some of the challenges facing the new administration, including:

This publication is part of a portfolio of evidence that the NFER has compiled on academies, all of which can be found here. Other publications include:

Academies: It’s time to learn the lessons