More than 1 in 4 children now attend an academy

By Danny Jones.

Latest government figures show that more than a quarter of all children in state education are attending academies.

The data was released by the Department for Education earlier this month as part of the annual report on the academy system. The report released showed figures as well as a financial review of the system.

The news is the latest break in the academy debate. Just under 2 million of the 7 million school children in Britain are no longer under government control instead are under individual control as part of the education reform across the nation.

This news comes less than a month after Michael Gove was under fire from fellow conservative Graham Stuart for spearheading the campaign that he claims “cannot be driven like a sports car”. Stuart continued the analogy to describe the educational system as

“an enormous tanker of an operation and it’s not appropriate to have someone at the wheel who thinks it’s a sports car and tries to spin the wheel accordingly”

He was though careful to highlight the “great benefits” that were to be expected with the reform, saying that Gove shows a

“certainty of direction, which is a rare quality in a minister”.

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One thought on “More than 1 in 4 children now attend an academy

  1. Nice headline but the rest needs a little tidying up – it reads like it was written in a rush (trying to get an article in before today’s session?) – “The news is the latest break in the academy break.”?

    Your intro for example needs to cut straight to “latest government figures” – chop the words before that. And “released the Department for Education” can go in a second par as background. The key point to retain in your intro is “show that more than a quarter of all children in state education are attending academies.”

    Avoid cliche like “sweeping the nation” – this isn’t a ‘dance craze’ for ‘all you funky people out there’ 😉

    Say ‘The news’, not “This news” and ‘Michael Gove came under fire’ not “was under fire”; spearheading is one word, not two.

    You end well, but ‘albeit with little care’ needs to be attributed, either by using quotes or by some other ‘said’.

    Good to see you using more than one link but this is still too reliant on mainstream media sources – you could at least link to the original data and try to find something else in it.

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