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Academies: Standards

Question for Department for Education

UIN 43994, tabled on 21 July 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies have been judged inadequate in the last year; and how many such academies had their funding agreement terminated and were subsequently closed.

Answered on

7 September 2016

During the last year (July 2015 to June 2016) there were 44 academies whose Ofsted category was rated as ‘inadequate’. All 44 are automatically subject to scrutiny and close monitoring by Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) to secure rapid improvements. To date, 7 of the 44 academies have been moved to different trusts, 5 have received a pre-warning notice and 1 academy has received a termination warning notice.

Information on Ofsted inspection outcomes can be found in Ofsted’sMonthly management information: Ofsted's school inspections outcomes”:

Information on academies issued with warning notices is available at:

From April 2016 the Education and Adoption Act 2016 gave RSCs powers to tackle underperformance in academies more quickly, by allowing them to terminate their funding agreement and re-broker an academy if it is judged inadequate by Ofsted or identified as coasting.

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