Academies programme slammed by NAO

Public sector watchdog, the National Audit
has found that two thirds (17 out of 26) of the first academy
buildings used for the prime minister’s flagship academies programme have
suffered cost overruns averaging £3m.

The other nine were found to be operating within their original budgets.

The academies have cost an average of £24m each, which makes them more
expensive than other secondary schools, noted the NAO.

Sir John
, head of the NAO, praised the academies for raising the achievements
of pupils from deprived backgrounds but said the challenge was to manage capital
costs better for the hundreds of new academies still planned to be built.

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