Call to end ban on council-run schools sponsoring academies

A ban on top council-run schools sponsoring failing schools amounts to "red tape" and should be dropped, say council bosses.


In England, only schools with academy status are allowed to form trusts to sponsor weaker schools.


And, the Local Government Association said, a shortage of "good quality" sponsors often left failing schools "in the dark about their future".


Ministers said there was no legal frame for council schools to be sponsors.


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