Cross-party resistance to academy plan

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Leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups in the Local Government Association have combined to oppose plans to force all English schools to become academies.

In a joint letter to the Observer, they urge ministers to reconsider the plans.

The LGA says the plan to remove all schools from council control has caused "enormous concern" .

But, on Saturday, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan insisted there was "no reverse gear" on the changes.

Speaking at the NASUWT teacher union conference in Birmingham, Ms Morgan said…

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