With universities and further education colleges being encouraged to take on the role of academy sponsor, Sarah Beeby of Dentons looks at what that entails and some of the issues a sponsor needs to be aware of.

Driving improvement

The Department for Education (DfE) sets out below what it expects from sponsors:

“Academy sponsors are accountable for progressive and substantial improvements to performance in their schools. We expect them to lead on improvement and challenge traditional ways of thinking on how schools are run and what they should be like for students. They seek to achieve success, and break with cultures of low aspiration which afflict too many communities and their schools.”

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