||<p>Performance data illustrates how disadvantaged pupils in academy trusts are making
more progress at GCSE level than the equivalent national average. Data for key stage
4 and academy trust performance in 2018 is available here:</p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/774014/2018_KS4_main_text.pdf"
primary schools within academy trusts, disadvantaged pupils performed significantly
better than the equivalent national average in writing and maths. Data for key stage
2 and academy trust performance is available here: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/774446/KS2_Revised_2018_text_MATS_20190130.pdf"
department has also conducted a series of assessments into the effectiveness of academy
trusts in improving educational outcomes for pupils. In 2019, we published internal
analysis of the performance of sponsored academies, which typically converted to academy
status due to underperformance. Our analysis concluded that pupil outcomes in sponsored
academies have typically improved since their formation in comparison with sets of
similar schools. The analysis is available here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sponsored-academy-performance"
Evidence shows there are now more than 550,000 pupils in good or outstanding sponsored
academies, which typically replaced underperforming local authority schools.</p><p>In
addition to our own internal analysis, we also hold evidence produced by external
organisations, such as the one produced by the Institute of Education, available here: