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Question for Department for Education

UIN 3142, tabled on 18 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evidence her Department holds to support the proposition that academies are better performers than local authority schools; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

25 June 2015

Sponsored academies have played a significant role over several years in bringing about the improvement of many failing and struggling schools in some of our most disadvantaged areas.

By 2014, the proportion of pupils that achieved five good GCSEs, including English and Mathematics, in sponsored secondary academies open for four years had risen by an average of 6.4 percentage points compared to the schools that they replaced (a rise from 36.8 per cent in 2010 to 43.2 per cent in 2014). Over the same period, results in local authority schools rose by an average of 1.3 percentage points (a rise from 54.4 per cent to 55.7 per cent).

The first sponsored primary academies had been open for two years by the time of the 2014 results. The proportion of pupils that achieved the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics increased by an average of 9 percentage points (from 58 per cent to 67 per cent) in that time, compared to an average 4 percentage point rise (from 75 per cent to 79 per cent) in local authority schools.

We want more schools to achieve these rates of improvement.

Statistics for the attainment of local authority schools and academies can be found on GOV.UK at:

Since 2010, many successful schools have become converter academies and are sharing their educational expertise with other schools. Over half of approved sponsors are converter academies. In 2014, attainment in converter academies continued to remain above that in local authority schools.