In fact, the whole article is cause for optimism on a cold Monday morning. It encapsulates the coalition at its best. Rather than wheeling in a barrel-load of clunky, new legislation, it sounds as though they are determined to squeeze more out of existing structures and policies first; much as Michael Gove did with his academies programme last year. And the way they will do so is with transparency. Cameron talks about releasing more and more data on individual schools and pupils, so that parents can make their own decisions about which schools are succeeding or otherwise. As he puts it, ‘All this will allow people to spot the truth and confront failure where it exists.’
‘All this’ is also another example of Cameron associating himself more closely with schools reform, as he did during the last Tory party conference. A year ago, I bet it would have been Gove's byline appearing on an article like this, referencing terrific schools such as Mossbourne Academy and Burlington Danes Academy. Now, it's the Prime Minister's. The folk in No.10 clearly recognise a good thing when they see it.