Martin George

Academies transferred within first two years

Academies are being 'rebrokered' because stronger multi-academy trusts are reluctant to sponsor struggling schools, says union

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More than 50 academies and free schools have been transferred to new academy trusts two years or less after opening with their original sponsor, a TES analysis has revealed.

The “rebrokering” started in 2012, according to a Department for Education response to a TES freedom of information request.

Of the 318 schools that had been rebrokered by January 1, 2017, a total of 54 were transferred up to 24 months after they had originally opened – including 12 free schools.

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, said that one reason for the number of academies being rebrokered ...

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