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Council leaders want maintained schools to be able to sponsor struggling schools.

Council leaders want maintained schools to be able to sponsor struggling schools.

High-performing maintained schools should be handed the power to sponsor struggling schools owing to a lack of viable academy sponsors, council leaders have said.

Just three of the largest 20 academy chains are capable of taking on additional schools, according to the Local Government Association, which has called for all top schools to be given a more prominent role.

Ministers are bringing in legislation that will require all schools rated “inadequate” by Ofsted to convert to sponsored academy status.

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