I apologise if some of you feel this is a subject that has been done to death but I'm finding that the issue of academies is a minefield of information and there are a few things I don't understand and can't seem to get a clear answer to. 1. Why are underperforming primary schools threatened with academy status? In what way does becoming an academy improve standards? 2. Does becoming an academy always mean a new head? 3. Does becoming an academy mean a complete restaffing? A friend, and fellow teacher, of mine has been told that if her school becomes an academy all staff will need to reapply for their jobs - is this the case? What about job security for support staff? 4. Does a school need to be sent into special measures in order for it to be forced to converted into an academy? Thanks in advance. Sometimes it is difficult to separate facts from scaremongering.