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.