The most dramatic part of the Times+ teaching debate
, "Our schools fit for purpose?" was when a Beginning Teacher heckled Michael Gove about the poor working conditions that many teachers have to endure at Academies. She complained that these Academies do not recognise unions, have very authoritarian structures and high staff-turnover. When Gove said that Academies were very popular with teachers, she heckled him saying that this wasn't true and that she knew of many teachers who were desperately unhappy while teaching at Academies and knew that Academies suffered from high attrition rates among staff. Gove, of course, ignored her and blithely went on to extol the virtues of these schools. However, many people in the audience agreed with the Beginning Teacher.