Academy funds 'provide opportunities'

More than one-in-10 state secondary schools in England are now academies, outside of local authority control.

The government says there are now 407 primary and secondary schools with this state-funded independent status.

The National Union of Teachers says it is creating a "patchwork of unaccountable provision", but not all are opposed to such a system.

John Townsley, the principal at Morley Academy, believes that the additional funding received with academy status allows for greater opportunities for his pupils.

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