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As the Bard would put it; ‘To be Traditional or Academy, that is the Question!’

New analysis published recently by the Local Government Association shows that local authority maintained schools continue to perform more highly in Ofsted inspections than academies.   Council leaders are now calling on the Government to withdraw plans to force all schools to become academies by 2022, and allow schools to choose for themselves the most appropriate ways to improve education for their pupils.

Analysis of the grades achieved by all schools under only the current, more rigorous, Ofsted inspection framework – launched in September 2012 – shows that 81% of council-maintained schools are rated as "good" or "outstanding", compared to 73% of academies and 79% of free schools.

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