The Academies Commission (live)

The Academies Commission is set up by the Pearson Think Tank and the RSA as a ‘speed commission’ to examine the implications of the mass academisation of state schools and the impact this might have on educational outcomes. It follows a rapid increase in the number of schools converting to academy status with numbers swelling rapidly and a proliferation of academy models since the coalition government came to power.

The commission, sponsored by the Co-operative and CfBT Education Trust, is chaired by former Chief-Inspector of Schools Christine Gilbert who is joined by two other commissioners – Brett Wigdortz (CEO of Teach First) and Professor Chris Husbands (Director of the Institute of Education).

The Academies Commission is a major inquiry into the implications of mass academisation. What are the features of an entirely academised system and what impact these will have on young people’s educational outcomes? The Commission will develop a practical but compelling vision for the future of the academies programme.

    Academies Commission report ‘Unleashing Greatness’

    Set up by the Pearson Think Tank and the RSA to examine the long term impact of academisation on educational outcomes, the Academy Commission’s report, Unleashing Greatness, argues that the Government must apply a more systematic approach towards implementing the next phase of the academies programme as well as a forensic focus on teaching quality... Read on

    The Academies Commission

    Good schools are vital to our individual and collective wellbeing and prosperity, and are vital for the foundation of a fair and cohesive society. Strong schooling enables us to cope with the uncertainties of life, develop our potential, and extend our opportunities. Good schools also work to correct underlying inequalities, and to advance other shared... Read on

    PearsonCPL and RSA launch new commission into the mass ‘academisation’ of schools

    The impact of the government’s drive to increase the number of academies in the school sector will be put under the spotlight in a new independent commission chaired by Christine Gilbert, former Chief Inspector, Ofsted.  The Commission is provided in partnership between the RSA and the Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning. Christine will be... Read on