Under-performing academies: 2018 increaseDate: 15.10.2018
The DfE uses a name and shame approach to academies which are performing badly: not only do they write to the trust, they list all those academies which have received such letters since 2012, which is perhaps a bit harsh, given that many of these letters are subesequently withdrawn. There have been 212 such warnings in that time, with 94 subsequently withdrawn. Currently five (The Grange School, Gloucester Academy, Bridge Learning Campus, Beaumont Hill Academy and Marden Vale CofE Academy) have open 'Minded to Terminate letters' while 29 have received termination notices.
It's difficult to say whether there are any trends to the prevalence of these letters, though this year already shows an increase on last year.
Northamptonshire (18) and Kent (12) are those with the biggest numbers of recipients, while AET (15), The Education Fellowship Trust (11) and Kemnal (10) are the trusts which ahve received most letters.
Sponsor led academies (150) are those which are most commonly under-performing, as might be expected, given their backgrounds, while 31 secondary converter academies have received the letters (five of them this year), which seems high given that most of these must have been rated outstanding at the time of conversion.