Although academisation has had its critics, we believe there are lots of benefits to being an academy. It offers more flexibility and a chance for schools to run in a way that will benefit their staff and students.
Some of the main pro’s of being an academy are:
- Independence – academies are different from other schools as they are independently run, whereas state schools are under the control of the local authority (LA). This gives the academy more control and flexibility over how the school is run, for example financially and in deciding term dates/lengths. As a result of this, academies are able to put better focus on the bits that are important to their staff and students.
- Finance – as academies are independent of the LA, they receive their funding from the government directly. They can decide where their money goes, which means they can put funding where they need it and don’t have to wait for it to be allocated to certain areas. As not every school is the same, and not every school will have the same needs, this is a much better solution. The staff and governing body know what is best for the school and can address those areas straight away.
- Curriculum – being independent of the LA gives academies more flexibility over their curriculum. Not only will this be of great benefit to students, but also to teachers. They can identify the best way to teach their students and therefore adjust the curriculum they teach to reflect this. It often results in students being more engaged in their learning and therefore more likely to do well.
- MATs – now, we may be a bit biased, but being part of a multi-academy trust (MAT) is often of huge benefit to academies, their staff and students. MATs provide support not just academically but also in other areas the school may not be equipped for, like finance and admin support. Another great thing about being part of a MAT is the ability to share with other schools. Academies can give each other advice and guidance on what works and perhaps doesn’t work well for them, and help each other deliver the best education that works for their students.
If you want to find out more about what academisation is, read our article on academies here.