Half of academy schools, rebranded comprehensives, have failed to meet government targets on GCSE attainment. This may come as no surprise given that academies were a New Labour product designed to take the scent away from problems of curriculum and assessment. What will continue to surprise and dismay parents is that the Conservative Party under David Cameron are avid backers of academies. This policy support for failure should be evaluated in the context of  Cameron’s abandonment of support for grammar schools in 2007.

No doubt David and his Conservative shadow ministerial team will draft up the standard pr, “let’s give them more time” excuse to cover up the obvious policy failure.