Academies were first established in 2002. By 2015 there were over 4000. As a result, it is important to understand their impact on the English state school system.
NFER have published a variety of work directly addressing the issues arising from the Academies programme:
- An analysis of examination performance comparing different groups of secondary academies with comparable maintained schools
- A rapid review of evidence on the performance of academy schools based on 13 key studies. This aims to make a contribution to understanding current research with a view to identifying gaps and drawing conclusions
- A think piece arguing that any future expansion in the number of academies should be motivated by a clear vision as to what long-term outcomes for learners academy policy is aiming to achieve
- New survey data exploring parents knowledge about academy schools and the extent to which they would like more information
- An authoritative factsheet.
There is also a range of work on issues around school structures that is relevant to the discussion of academies, including: school improvement and the middle tier; intervention and accountability; governance; school leadership and system leadership.