Recent research into primary academisation, led by the NFER, has looked at whether academy conversion has a notable impact on pupil outcomes. Jack Worth looks at the findings

More than 5,000 local authority-maintained schools in England have become academies over the last 15 years, most since 2010, in the largest structural change to the school system in decades.

Academies are now an established part of the English school landscape, and the government announced an ambition for every school to become an academy in its 2015 Educational Excellence Everywhere White Paper.

Measures to encourage more schools to become academies are expected to be included in the Education for All Bill expected later this term. More than half of secondary schools are already academies compared to only one in five primary schools, so the vast majority of new academies are likely to be primary schools. But what impact has academy status had on the attainment of pupils in the primary schools that have become academies so far?

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