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Gove will take action over struggling academies

The Education Secretary says he will take action to improve one of the region's struggling academies. The Basildon Academies in Essex cost £50m to set up, but last year they were placed in special measures.

On the day new figures show the number of academies in our region is now greater than the national average, our Education Correspondent Elodie Harper reports on the questions being raised about the government's academy programme.

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Exclusive: We'll take action on under-performing Academy - Gove

Figures released by the Department for Education show the number of academies in the East of England is higher than the national average.

Eighteen per cent of schools in the East are now either open or pipeline academies, compared to 15% across England.

Among the region's success stories are Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton which learnt this week that it's been judged good with outstanding by Ofsted.

Ofsted's rating marks a dramatic transformation since the academy took over the 'failing' school Unity College two years ago.

The government wants academies to take over more struggling schools - but what happens when an academy itself is struggling?

The Basildon Academies opened in 2009 at a cost of £50million, but last March were placed in special measures by Ofsted.

Since the school is an academy, the local authority is unable to intervene, but in an exclusive interview with ITV News, the Education Secretary told our Education Correspondent Elodie Harper that he will take steps to improve the school.