Academies are 'failing to help weaker schools'

There is "overwhelming" evidence that top schools which take on academy status are failing to support schools that are under-performing, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.

Top schools that take on academy status are failing to support those that are under-performing, a cross-party group of MPs has warned. Credit: PA

In a 2010 White Paper, the Government said it expects schools that are performing well enough to achieve academy status to support at least one weaker school in return for being given the status.

The new report by the Commons education select committee said: "During this inquiry, we received overwhelming evidence that converter academies are not living up to this expectation and pulling their weight when it comes to supporting other schools."

A spokesman for the Department for Education said: "Where academies are under-performing, we take action - this can involve issuing a pre-warning notice and ultimately changing the sponsor if there is no improvement."