Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“The Local Government Association have made an important intervention on the day of the Queen's Speech, when the Schools White Paper is set to be centrepiece legislation. Today's research once again brings into question the Government’s drive to force all schools to join a multi-academy trust. 

“In March, the National Education Union showed that the Government’s evidence document is misleading and the LGA further strengthens the case for the prosecution. It ought to make politicians question the wisdom of a policy that is not supported by evidence. The Government should concentrate on the real challenges schools face – recovery from the pandemic, inadequate funding, rising class sizes, and a teacher recruitment and retention crisis - but they have no answers for them. Instead, the Government’s obsession with school governance arrangements is a distraction that the country’s school children can ill afford.

“This report should give confidence to community and voluntary-aided schools and stand-alone academies to stick with what they know is working and not change their governance arrangements.”