The list is out.  That is, the list of schools who have registered an interest for further information on the process to become academies.

There are, in fact, two lists. 

One is a list of primary and secondary schools, deemed by Ofsted to be outstanding.

The second, is a list of primary and secondary schools, which Ofsted do not deem to be outstanding.

Far from being a list of schools who intend to become academies as soon as possible, these are lists of schools who have registered with the DfE for further information on the process of acquiring academy status.

The lists were only made public following freedom of information requests.  This is interesting, given the rhetoric of great parental involvement and accountability coming from the current government.

A scan of national and regional press reports covering the release of this information might lead you to believe that all the schools on these lists are applying to become academies.  They aren’t, or at least, there is no way of knowing whether these schools are planning to push ahead with academy status.  The DfE has not released that information, so, at present we have a list of schools which have requested further information, and that is it. Again, the government’s commitment to ensuring freedom and accountability does not extend to allowing parents the knowledge of which schools are applying for academy status.

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