According to British Prime Minister David Cameron, every school in the nation should become an academy.
This past June it was announced that more than 1000 schools in the United Kingdom would become academies.
What makes an academy?
The definition of an academy is that it is an independent educational institution that is directly funded by the government. The number of those types of academies in the United Kingdom has gone up dramatically in the last several years. While there had only been 203 academies in 2010, there number today is 4676. This means that more than 50% of all secondary schools in the nation are now academies.
The other hand, there is criticism about this movement. Teaching unions in the United Kingdom say that academies as being a form of privatisation are undermining the public school system. The unions also point out that there is no evidence that academies in fact raise education standards.
Academies, along with independent and private schools such as an independent school in Hertfordshire can be an alternative for all those families who are not satisfied with the current public school system in the UK. The better quality education will almost always pay off, according to statistics.