Academies fail to sponsor the weak

9th March 2012 at 00:00

Only 37 out of more than 1,200 schools in England that have taken on academy status since the election have acted on the coalition's request that they should sponsor a weaker school. The Department for Education maintained that every academy supported a weaker school "in some way", but the ATL union said the "biggest weakness" in the academies programme was that they were under no obligation to do so.

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