The report, published by Angel Solutions, looks at how primary and secondary schools’ Ofsted inspection grades have fared over the past five years, comparing those that remained council-maintained with those that became academies. Nine out of 10 schools remaining council-maintained have kept their good or outstanding rating, compared with 81 per cent of academy conversions.
The report also found that schools rated as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ were more likely to become ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ if they remained with their local authority and did not convert to an academy (88 per cent compared with 59 per cent).
As part of its #CouncilsCan campaign, the LGA is calling for councils to be allowed to intervene and improve all types of school found to be ‘inadequate’ – regardless of whether it is a maintained school or academy.
Under current rules, councils are stopped from helping, even in cases where a failing school cannot find an academy sponsor.
Maintained schools with ‘inadequate’ Ofsted judgements, which are considered to be failing, now have to become sponsor-led academies.
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “These findings clearly show that staying under council control delivers better results for a school than those that convert to an academy.
“Not only do more schools keep a good or outstanding rating if they remain maintained, but a significantly greater proportion are being turned around from struggling or failing into highly performing and successful schools. While academisation might be the answer for some, it is not always the best solution. Councils have an excellent track record in improving schools, and need to be given the necessary powers to intervene and support schools.”