-- Burlington Danes (an ARK Academy) say they have seen a 20 percentage point increase in the number of children gaining 5 A*-C grades from last year from 50 to 70 per cent.
The Conservatives are rightly pointing to these figures and saying: Academies prove that independent schools do better. We have a major story in the next week's Spectator, a cover piece about the enemies of school reform and the tactics they uses. Bureaucrats and their union allies love to strangle at birth successful school experiments. Andrew Adonis, who fathered the Academy legislation, should be proud today - as should all his Labour colleagues who pushed through this groundbreaking legislation to make this number of Academies possible. Hundreds of kids from poor backgrounds have much better results and achieved a much better education as a result of the brave reforms of the last government pushed through my a small number of determined politicians (and, yes, Tony Blair amongst them). Let's hope this moves to thousands of people under this the Gove reforms. The genie of school choice is out of the bottle and thriving. Academies work. Let's see more of them.