Government drops plans to force all schools in England to become academies

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The Government has dropped plans to force all schools in England to become academies in the face of opposition from teaching unions, Tory MPs and councils.

The U-turn by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan comes after a backlash to the proposal to take schools out of local authority control by 2022.

Ministers still hope that a large number of schools will choose to convert to academies, but the plan is now an "aspiration" rather than a compulsory policy, the Department for Education said.