First of all, even though I find Tory politics abhorrent I do agree with Michael Gove's E-Bac initiative. I do believe that all children should be studying Maths, English, Sciences, a foreign language, History and Geography right up to the end of compulsory education.
The Tories pathological hatred of local government and trade unions has however been allowed to take root in education.
The free school and academy experiment is an exercise in social engineering and corruption. I say corruption because headteachers have been bribed with huge salaries to forgo any professional judgements on their parts. For example they have gone along with league table driven curriculum for many years when they should have stood up to the government of the day and stated that they would not go along with the policy. Also, how many headteachers really believed that GCSE ICT or PE was four times as difficult as Physics, Chemistry or French? I am sure they know this not to be the case yet they went along with the ICT-4 GCSE equivalent.
I have seen my daughter spending hours and hours on ICT coursework to achieve those 4 GCSE grades yet she still knows nothing about programming. With the introduction of the E-Bac agenda ICT has now disappeared from the timetable.My issues with the academies and free schools include their lack of transparency and the governments playing up to headteachers egos. I am also disturbed with amount of public money which is going to shareholders and directors of private companies.
If private companies want to be involved they should invest their own money.