Department for Education: Converting schools to academies

Converting maintained schools to academies continues to be a key education policy. The Department for Education believes that ‘all schools should benefit from the freedom and autonomy that academy status brings’. Approximately 30% of schools (over 6,400) have so far become academies. Academy trusts take on significant new responsibilities, with extra financial, legal and governance duties.

This study will evaluate the Department’s arrangements for converting schools to academies. It will examine whether the Department has a robust plan and effective processes for converting schools to academies. It will also consider whether the wider education system has the capacity and capability to facilitate and support the conversion of schools to academies.

If you would like to provide evidence for our study please email the study team on, putting the study title in the subject line. The team will consider the evidence you provide; however, please note that due to the volume of information we receive we may not respond to you directly. If you need to raise a concern please use our contact form.