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Academy dream is in freefall.

Academy dream is in freefall.

Eight years have passed since the coalition government empowered schools to free themselves of sinister-sounding local council “control” and become academies. Politicians sold a vision of a world in which our children’s education would instead be managed by “charitable trusts”.

The plan was to extend the “big society” – a utopian vision in which citizen groups would run public services, from local libraries to police units. But less than a decade later, and those have-a-go heroes have become walkaway washouts, as charity after charity is pulling the plug and handing back its schools.

In the past fortnight alone we have learned that the Collaborative Academies Trust will walk away from eight academies in the south of England; the Schools Company Trust, which ran three pupil-referral units for excluded students, will lose all of its schools; the Salford Academy Trust, a joint venture between the local council, college and university, is handing back its four academies.

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