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What did the Academies Commission discover about social inclusion and accountability?
Many academies were committed to social inclusion, but many were not, the Academies Commission found. Some academies were manipulating admissions in their favour (see here). In order to avoid a negative impact on social inclusion as more schools become academies, the Commission recommended:
1 That an independent appeals service should be set up.
2 That academies publish comprehensive data, including the socio-economic background, of pupils who applied and those who were admitted.
3 The Schools Adjudicator should analyse this data to identify possible socio-economic segregation.
Some academies were not sufficiently accountable or responsive to parents. The Commission recommended:
1 Academies should produce public reports annually.
2 This should apply to academy chains.
3 Funding agreements with sponsors should be reviewable every five years instead of the present seven.
4 Funding agreements with sponsors should be cancelled if the collected data raises concerns and if the local authority recommends the removal of a sponsor.
It remains to be seen how many of these recommendations will be implemented by the Government.