More Devon secondaries become academies

Nearly half of Devon's secondary schools have started the new term as academies, according to the Department for Education.

Academies are funded directly by the government rather than local authority.

Teaching unions warn it could mean cash is taken away from council run schools and lead to a two tier education system.

Ministers say academies have greater freedom to raise educational standards as well as set staff pay.

In Devon, 18 secondaries are academies - 48.6% of the total.

Eleven Plymouth secondaries, 68% of the total, have left local authority control in the city.

Torbay has three academies, or 37.5% of the total.

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