This report covers the performance of academies during the 2011 to 2012 academic year and explains the academies programme.

This report has been published to inform Parliament about developments on the Academies programme.

During the passage of the Academies Act 2010, the department made a commitment to Parliament to publish an annual report on the performance of the academies sector. It covers:

  • background information on the academies programme
  • data showing the number, type and location of academies across the country
  • information on how academies use freedom and flexibility to raise standards in their schools

It also provides information on academy sponsors and on how academies work in partnership to promote professional development and improved teaching and learning.

Also available is the 2010/11 academies annual report, giving information on the number of academies opened during the 2010/11 academic year, and on the educational performance of the sector as a whole during this period.