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    Welcome

    Welcome to the newly launched Academies Commission – set up by the RSA and the Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning to examine the implications of the ‘mass academisation’ of state schools and the impact this might have on educational outcomes.

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    Purpose

    Sponsored by the Cooperative and CfBT Education Trust, the Academies Commission follows a rapid increase in the number of schools converting to academy status with numbers swelling from 200 to 1635 since the coalition government came to power.

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    Commissioners

    The commission is chaired by former Chief-Inspector of Schools Christine Gilbert who is joined by two other commissioners – Brett Wigdortz (CEO of Teach First) and Professor Chris Husbands (Director of the Institute of Education).

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    The future

    The Academies Commission will shortly announce its formal remit, and engage with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a practical but compelling vision for the future of UK academisation.  In the meantime –  please do get in touch and keep an eye out for future events and publications.

News

Moving forward

  By Professor Becky Francis (Director of The Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning) There’s been some good discussion of the Academies Commission since we announced it, with media coverage generating lots of contacts from a whole range of interested parties, alongside some debate about the Commission on Twitter. That mainly related to the Commission’s [...]

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Speed commission into the ‘total academisation’ of schools announced by RSA and Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning

A new commission is set to examine the implications of the ‘mass academisation’ of state schools and the impact this might have on educational outcomes.