Academies receive their funding directly from the government, rather than through local authorities like other state funded schools. Evidence on the performance of academies compared to local authority schools is mixed, but on the whole suggests there is no substantial difference in performance.
Moreover, why do schools convert to academies?
Most of these used to be under-performing schools that became academies to improve their performance. Converter academies are schools which are deemed successful enough to convert to academies in order to benefit from increased autonomy. They were introduced in July 2010 as part of the Academies Act.
Secondly, what happens when school becomes academy?
When all schools become academies head teachers will have more control over how to approach the curriculum and what to do with their school's budget, so they will control the level of pay and training their staff will receive. For example, academy leaders can choose which subjects they want their school to teach.
What does an academy mean?
An academy is an independent state-funded school. This means it's funded directly by the government (the Education Funding Agency, EFA) rather than by a local authority as maintained schools are.
What's wrong with academy schools?
Academies have faced heavy criticism from some teachers, parents and politicians. They see the schools as a move towards privatisation, a waste of money, selective and damaging to existing schools around them.