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Government shelves controversial Education Bill

"Our ambition remains that all schools should benefit from the freedom and autonomy that academy status brings. Our focus, however, is on building capacity in the system and encouraging schools to convert voluntarily. No changes to legislation are required for these purposes and therefore we do not require wider education legislation in this session to make progress on our ambitious education agenda."

The Education for All Bill would also have created a new role for local authorities with responsibility for school improvement moving from councils to "great heads and others in the school system".