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Academies: Standards

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's plans are for academy schools in the National Challenge category where fewer than 27 per cent. of pupils have achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics. (310395)

[holding answer 13 January 2010]: We expect all academies open for three or more years to have more than 30 per cent. of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics by 2011, or be making very strong progress with clear evidence that they will be above this benchmark very soon after. Where an academy is not making satisfactory progress the Department will work closely with sponsors to secure whatever changes are necessary to accelerate progress. This may include a change of leadership, a new partnership with a successful strong academy, sponsor, partner or school.