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Academy payment change welcomed

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The government is to make it easier for private sponsors to take over and run English state schools by removing the need of providing up-front funds of £2m.

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Council Trustee Sir Cyril Taylor says lowering barriers to sponsor independent schools will encourage more failing schools to transform into Academies.

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