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An expert look at ... the drop in new academy sponsors

A drop in the number of applications to become sponsors of academies could have a big impact, writes Martin George

Every week, one of our reporters will take a look at one of their specialist topics and offer their unique insight. This week, Martin George reflects on a huge drop in applications to become academy sponsors, and the impact that this will have on the government’s academisation programme

The number of applications to become academy sponsors has dropped by 40 per cent in just two years, Tes revealed exclusively this week.

The Department for Education’s response to this news was – on the face of it – the verbal equivalent of a shrug of the shoulders.

It said that more sponsors are needed only ...

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