By Max Clarke

200 of the UK’s most poorly performing primary schools will be closed down and run as academies by better performing establishments.

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is expected to introduce the landmark reform in a speech later this morning.

Academies will run as independent schools but will continue to be publicly funded, with each establishment enjoying more freedom to select staff, curricula and students.

The initial 200 number is expected to rise as the government attempts to tackle widespread failings in core subjects of English and Maths. 500 further schools that have failed to meet education goals will be targeted as academies if they fail to improve achievement.

Teachers’ unions are opposed to the academy system which they perceive as less open and democratic than the current state school system.

Teachers have already voted for a strike, to begin on the 30th June, for issues relating to pensions.

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