Academy chains unlocked

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Finch, Amy; Dobson, Ben
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19 September 2016
Social Policy, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This is the first survey of academy chains undertaken by Reform. The respondents were chief executives from 66 academy chains responsible for a total of around 700 academies. The results show a varied picture of chain operations, with some highly centralised and others devolving more responsibility to schools.

It also shows that most chains want to expand, regardless of their current size. However, their key priority is to reduce disparities in pupil attainment across their chain, suggesting that chains want a role in spreading excellence. While many are interested in running low-performing schools, the school’s finances and geographical location remain a barrier.

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