As head teacher of a very large primary school in Norfolk we have been savagely targeted by Ofsted and the DfE for the crime of speaking out against academies. Norfolk LA have been under prolonged attack for 18 months. LA maintained Good and Outstanding schools are totally ignored by Norfolk MPs but as with Great Yarmouth Primary Academy Liz Truss can't wait to praise academies and free schools with similar inspection judgements. It is a bit like Maoist China. Thus Norfolk's largest high school, Thorpe St Andrews, an LA maintained school, has just got an outstanding judgement and every Norfolk national politician has remained silent.
At Sheringham primary school we were again judged outstanding in July 2013 but over the summer our overall grade was changed through the Ofsted QA to Good whilst Leadership remained at outstanding. Thankfully the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), after a rigorous review of our Teaching School work this term decided that we would retain our TS status.
It seems that the Department for Education (DfE), after failing to attract outstanding primaries to become academies post 2010 and then at huge cost their 42 academy consultants also failing, have decided to use our high school colleagues to sell the academy policy to primaries via multi academy trusts. It seems that the DfE only want freedoms for primary HTs and Governing Bodies IF they agree with academisation. This situation is becoming appalling and many, many great HTs are leaving the profession thus accentuating an already dire shortage of school leaders.