Budget to reveal plans to make all schools academies

In today's Budget, the chancellor will set out plans to ensure that all schools become academies, independent of local authorities. Councils who've been working hard to maintain and improve standards are horrified.

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  1. Christine Alsford

Reaction to plans to make ALL schools academies

Chancellor George Osborne has announced the biggest overhaul in education in more than a century. Secondary schools will finish an hour later and every school will become an academy

It means in Hampshire - excluding Southampton and Portsmouth - that 439 schools will need to change - 47 are already academies.

Across Wiltshire, there are more than a 70 academies but 164 will still need to adapt.

And in West Sussex, there are already 52, so 177 of their state schools will need to switch by 2020.

Social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

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New sugar levy on the soft drinks industry announced

A new sugar levy on the soft drinks industry will be introduced, the Chancellor said.

It will be introduced in two years time to ensure companies reduce the sugar content of drinks and promote low sugar brands.

He said it was a "perfectly reasonable step" to protect children's health.

"Money from this new [sugar] levy will be used to double the funding we dedicate to sport in every primary school," Mr Osborne said.



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