Top universities unwilling to sponsor struggling schools, research shows

Out of 13 universities which have become lead sponsors of formerly struggling schools 2015-16, four are labelled “high-status” institutions.

As reported by Schools Week, research conducted by Dr Nadia Edmond, principal lecturer in education at the University of Brighton, found that some of the UK’s most prestigious universities are reluctant to sponsor schools which need help through the government’s academies programme.

In addition, none of the six universities that opted to become lead sponsors for larger multi-academy trusts or groups of academies, which included many previously struggling schools, were classified as “high-status”.

For top universities involved in sponsorship, taking on a single new academy or free school was the most popular choice.

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