The government has scrapped the requirement for £200m sponsorship that was previously needed to sponsor a new specialist...
Technology and ICT is a popular specialism at the 200 academy schools that have been opened since Tony Blair introduced them in 2000.
The move may make it easier for technology-related academies to be started. The government scrapped the £200m sponsorship requirement - which it said was originally in place to prove sponsors' commitment - to encourage more organisations to get involved.
Educational institutions have not had to pay £2m upfront since 2007, and the government said this has led to a boost in the number of universities and colleges sponsoring academies.
Schools minister Ed Balls said, "Academy sponsorship has never just been about the money - we want the people and organisations with the right skills and leadership to come into the Academy programme.
"Scrapping the £2m sponsorship has led to a boom in the number of universities, schools and colleges coming in - so it makes sense to do the same for the voluntary and private sector.
"We are putting in a place a robust selection process to thoroughly assess potential sponsors to make sure they have the right calibre to do such a vital job for us."