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Is the academies system a failure?

“The foundational myth of the academies programme – that it would boost educational attainment among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds – must now be laid to rest as just that: a myth.”

There can be no doubting how the NEU teaching union joint-general secretary Mary Bousted feels about the revelation in Sutton Trust research that two-thirds of academy chains, also known as multi-academy trusts (MATs), perform below the national average for disadvantaged pupils.

It’s a shocking and potentially scary statistic. The Sutton Trust analysed the performance of disadvantaged students – those ...

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