Academies are state schools that are independent of the local authority.  They have the freedom to set their own pay and conditions for staff, deliver their own curriculum and set their own term dates and school times.  In reality, however, these freedoms have not meant that academies are necessarily very different to non-academies, day to day.

How does this affect your choice of school?

At the time of writing, academies are very similar to their non-academy counterparts, and it is therefore necessary to research them with the same vigour that you would non-academy schools.

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