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Government plan to fast track academies survives.

Government plan to fast track academies survives.

The government has survived a challenge in the House of Lords to its plan to fast-track more local authority schools in England to become academies.

The Education and Adoption Bill addresses the problem of underperforming "coasting" schools, but allows less challenge or consultation.

Labour peers wanted more consultation for parents and said academy status was not the only way to improve schools.

"It seems no opposition is to be tolerated," said Labour's Lord Watson.

But the government survived an opposition amendment when the result was tied at 219 votes on both sides, another amendment was defeated by a margin of 14 votes.

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