More than half of secondary schools are now academies

  • Recent figures show that more than half of England's secondary schools have now converted to academy status, and around 50 free school are due to open from this September.
  • Twenty-four free schools opened in 2011.
  • Free schools are new schools set up by groups such as parents, teachers and charities.
  • The LGA said that schools which decide to alter their uniform - for example a newly converted academy that decides to change its emblem - should restrict changes to one or two items or to sew-on logos.

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Schools uniform costs warning

Schools have a "moral responsibility" to keep the cost of pupils' uniform down, council leaders warned today.