Arguments for academies:
n Schools gain total control of their finances and can shop around for the best commercial deals.
n A school can set up its own curriculum and can pay its teachers more to attract the best staff.
n Schools receive extra funding that would otherwise be spent on their behalf by the local authority.
n Many academies have produced improved exam and test results.
n A city full of autonomous schools makes overall planning for pupils’ educational needs difficult, if not impossible.
n Funding divided equally among schools makes targeting of resources to areas of need more difficult.
n Academies are sometimes run by private organisations, businesses or faith groups which may bring ideology into the classroom.
n Parents have few rights on how to have their say on how their child’s academy is run.