The Education and Adoption Bill, which looks to replace the governing bodies of schools considered to be “coasting”, passed  through the House of Commons on the 16th September. The Bill will now be scrutinised in the House of Lords.

In a wide ranging debate Louise Haigh, Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley, cited the recent Sutton Trust report Chain Effects, saying:

“The Sutton Trust concluded in its recent report that the very poor results for pupils of some chains are of urgent concern… the much-respected Sutton Trust demonstrated that sponsored academies are twice as likely to be below the floor standards as other mainstream schools. Half the chains examined by the trust did less well than the mainstream school average.”

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