– Department for Education spokesman
Sir Michael is right that standards in some local authorities are simply not good enough. There are still too many schools that do not provide a good enough education. We make no apology for introducing reforms to drive up standards in schools.
“The report recognises that sponsored Academies – with strong leadership and real expertise – are the best way to turn around struggling schools. That is why we are identifying consistently weak schools and allowing experienced Academy sponsors to take them over.
The education watchdog Ofsted has "named and shamed" local authorities who have a high number of schools falling below the good and excellent mark.