Academies face crackdown amid concerns about standards

Michael Gove visits Durand Academy School in Stockwell Rex Features Struggling academies and free schools are to face a crackdown amid concerns about the quality of some chains, England’s new schools tsar has revealed. Sir David Carter, who was appointed National Schools Commissioner in December, used his first interview in the job to set out his plans to identify the 100 weakest academies and introduce a new hierarchical system for academy chains which would only allow the best to expand. Sir David announced his plans in the week that the…

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