The Local Government Authority has questioned plans to convert all schools to Academies after new figures showed they were being outperformed by Local Authority schools.
The figures, released Monday 26 April, showed that Ofsted rated 86% of Local Authority schools as either Outstanding or Good in their most recent inspection.
By comparison, just 82% of Academies and 79% of Free Schools received this rating.
Chairman of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “These figures clearly demonstrate that councils are education improvement partners, rather than barriers to delivering the high quality education that our children deserve.”
The report, commissioned by the Local Government Association, also indicated that 64% of current Converter Academies rated as Outstanding received this rating while run by a Local Authority.
Additionally, nearly 700 Academies were not included in the figures, compared to just 31 council run schools, meaning the actual percentage achieving an Outstanding rating could be as low as 71%.
Councillor Perry went on to say that: “The time has come to reconsider the plans in the Education White Paper, and start a constructive, informed and inclusive debate about the best way to deliver educational excellence everywhere.”