A number of Conservative backbenchers have suggested that they would oppose legislation to force all schools to become academies by 2020. The small Conservative majority could mean that Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education, would be unable to secure sufficient support to pass the proposed legislation.
Graham Brady, the Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West, said that he supported academies, but added:
“I hope the white paper will be adapted to reflect the need to support and ease the process, rather than impose the change in areas where schools are already performing very well”.
Tim Loughton, the Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, also said that he supported academies but added “as a Conservative I also believe in choice”.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, defended the proposal at this week’s Prime Minister’s Question Time.