Academies are all about undermining trades unions and local authorities. They are unaccountable and because costs come first, create a drain of older, experienced teachers - which our yound people need.
I am 100% behind local schools - I believe that if the market and other forms of competition between schools (including league tables) were done away with, schools would have a balanced intake which would improve all of them.
I was educated in the comprehensive system, the only person in my extended family to go to university. I wish my children could have grants to support their studies and I wish there was more emphasis on education for its own sake, rather than training up ordinary people for the modern day equivalent of factories.
I have been a school governor and local councillor.