I was interviewed a few weeks ago by Julia Llewellyn Smith, a features writer for the Telegraph, who has penned a real rarity these days: an article
which points out that the vast majority of state schools are actually rather good. The article may not please all of the followers of this site because it claims that the Free Schools movement and the growth of academies has changed middle-class expectations of the state sector generally. However, I think it makes clear that it's state schools as a whole that have improved. Perhaps one of the ironies of Gove's relentless propaganda about Free Schools and Academies has been that because many parents don't really understand what they are they actually think he's talking about ALL state schools; I've certainly found this talking to some parents. The net effect is that many parents who would have considered only private sector before are now thinking about sending their children to state schools -- whether they are academies, free schools, Voluntary-Aided schools, Voluntary-Controlled schools, Trust schools, Foundation schools or community schools. It's the law of unintended consequences maybe?