‘Pay governors to improve academies’

Schools and academy chains should be able to pay governors if they believe it would help them to recruit people with the skills to make improvements, a think tank has suggested.

A report based on a survey of 66 academy chief executives running 700 schools also called for funding to be given directly to academy chains rather than individual schools. This would allow chains to switch extra resources to schools that needed them most.

The authors argue that the academies policy is at “a crossroads” with some groups showing strong results but others having wide variations in standards. Amy Finch, head of education at Reform, the group behind the report, said: “The government could do better by pooling the many funding streams, which would encourage the best chains to take on schools in difficulties.”

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Meredith Weisser

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