With the budget in England imminent, reports are starting to suggest that an announcement will be made that all schools in England will be forced to become academies.
According to the BBC, The Department for Education is expected to publish draft legislation as early as Thursday, ending the century-old role of local authorities as providers of education.
One of the biggest pushes will be aimed at the primary phase where, a year ago, there were 16,766 primary schools, of which only 2,440 were academies. The remainder remain attached to the local authorities.
An aide to the education secretary has declined to comment to the BBC, but they report that, back in October, David Cameron said he wanted “every school an academy… and yes – local authorities running schools a thing of the past”.
At the autumn statement a month later, the official document stated that the government wanted: “The next step towards the government’s goal of ending local authorities’ role in running schools and all schools becoming an academy”.