New research matches our findings on the role of the local authority that the most important thing for schools is control over their curriculum.
A study, conducted with Headteachers in 151 academies, by law firm Browne Jacobson with the Independent Academies Association, revealed that half of the schools had made changes to the curriculum. Only 9% made changes to the length of term or school days and only 8% have made changes to staff pay and conditions.
The survey we conducted with secondary school Heads and Chairs of Governors, showed that the most important issues for schools, regardless of whether they were academies or not, was taking control over their curriculum. Only one respondent said that the curriculum should be controlled by the local authority and 76 % said that the local authority should have no control over the curriculum at all.