This academic year has been characterised by an expansion of converter academies, declining budgets, quick-fire policy announcements and a range of challenges that, taken together, could pose a threat to the work of sponsored academies.  Considered here are 7 key challenges to the measured outcomes of sponsored academies:

  1. Ofsted new framework in practice
  2. Ofsted further announcements
  3. Performance tables and RAISE: rise of EBacc, demise of CVA
  4. Academic-vocational divide
  5. New floor targets
  6. Ofqual and terminal examinations
  7. P16 funding

This paper was written by Bill Watkin and myself for our latest Academy Principals Steering Group meeting, held at Wellington Academy on 9th March.

Challenges For Sponsored Academies