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.