This highly controversial and compelling book exposes the government's city academies project: the ways in which companies and rich individuals have been persuaded to sponsor academies, their real reasons for sponsoring them, the lies that have been told in support of the academies project, and the disastrous effect it will have on Britain's schools. It brings together existing research, by the author and others, and adds new research, to build up a picture of a deeply flawed idea, which is educationally disastrous and inherently corrupt. In his provocative yet fascinating tour de force, Francis Beckett pulls the plug on the most high-profile educational scam for decades.
Francis Beckett is a writer and journalist. From 1997 to 2005 he was education correspondent of the New Statesman, and provided the main critique of New Labour education policy in the magazine. He also writes on education for the Guardian, the Daily Express and the TES. He is the author of eight books including The Blairs and their Court and Aneurin Bevan.
1. From Colleges to Academies; 2. Blunkett throws money at Academies; 3. Sponsors in ermine; 4. How they tore up the laws on schools; 5. Faith in Academies; 6. A learning curve in West London; 7. Islington feels the wrath of Downing Street; 8. The schools that fail to fail; 9. Selecting staff, sponsors and children; 10. But does it work?