24th March 2016
The chair of an academy organisation has raised questions about the speed of the programme following the announcement that all schools are to become academies.
The Times Educational Supplement reported on comments by Tom Clark, chair of FASNA (Freedom and Autonomy for Schools – National Association).
It reported that Mr Clark said: "Given that there are 16,000 schools that are not academies, to get them to switch to that new structure on this timescale and for that to be effective is really quite challenging.
"We broadly support the direction of policy and that includes the concept of system leadership by schools, but I am surprised at the speed and timeline.
"System leadership needs time to mature to be effective," he said.