Academisation is still on the cards despite reports from the media. 

Yes the Department for Education (DfE) has revised its plan to force all schools to become academies, but it still intends to bring forward legislation for schools to convert in cases where the local authority can no longer viably support its remaining schools. Let's also not forgot the Education and Adoption Act 2016 that very recently came into force that gives the power for 'coasting' schools and schools 'causing concern' to be converted to academies.  

As more and more schools convert to academies, it will be less viable for the local authority to support the remaining maintained schools, which in turn leads to all schools converting into academies, possibly by 2022 as initially planned.