Until 1998 there were 1,196 Grant Maintained schools. The Labour Government then abolished their status changing them into Foundation Schools, which meant less independence.
There are now over 1,300 academies open in England. There are another 575 in the pipeline with more applications coming in each month. Grant Maintained schools took ten years to reach 1,196. Under Labour there were only a couple of hundred academies. So the scale of progress in just one year is unprecedented.
In the following 29 Local Authority areas the majority of secondary schools are now academies:
North East Lincolnshire