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Schools Statement

Asked if the relationship between academies and LEAs would change at all, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that in relation to academies, we were reducing the £2million entry fee for universities and higher education institutions to strengthen the link between universities and academies. This enabled the Secretary of State to announce a whole raft of new academies today, and a long list of universities who were signing up to the academies programme. There was no change in the changes to the governance arrangements for academies. Academies retained the special independence and freedom that enabled them to drive up standards.

Put that it was still the case, as in Tower Hamlets, that an LEA could turn down an academy, as they were the ones who decided whether to go ahead or not, the PMS replied that in practice there was a very close relationship between LEAs and academies, and that was what we were continuing.

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