The government's plan for academies: What you need to know

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. Credit: Reuters

Report by ITV News' Romilly Weeks

The government wants to turn all state schools in England into academies by 2022.

David Cameron insists the move will raise standards but critics, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, argue that it is a needless and expensive reorganisation will not make a difference.

Here's everything you need to know about the government's plans.

  • What changes are the government planning to introduce?

David Cameron said he wanted to make local authorities running schools "a thing of the past", and last month, Chancellor George Osborne said all schools in England would have to become academies within six years.

In his Budget speech, Mr Osborne unveiled plans to turn 18,600 state schools into academies. Under the original plan, schools that have not been converted must have plans in place to do so by 2022.

  • Why are critics against the plan?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: PA Wire

Up to 40 Conservative MPs are believed to be against the plan because they believe it would sever ties between good schools and competent councils at unnecessary cost.

Tory MP David Davis called on the government to rethink its "one size fits all" approach, which he said risked "undermining" its success.

Criticism also came from the opposition, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saying the prime minister was wasting £1.3 billion on a "top-down reorganisation that wasn't in his manifesto".

He added: "Teachers don't want it. Parents don't want it. Governors don't want it. Head teachers don't want it. Even his own MPs and councillors don't want it."

  • Where do the plans stand now?

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is discussing a range of concessions to appease Conservative rebels, the Daily Mail reported.

Possible compromises include allowing the best-performing councils to run their own academy chains.

Some councils could also be allowed to keep their powers to force academies to take vulnerable or special needs pupils, and ask them expand in order to meet demand for new places.