Academies: A New Way to Fail our Young People

From my personal experience, Academies are data driven and rigid authoritarian organisations, which remove the heart and soul from education and which are destroying the drive and passion of staff who, bullied and beaten into conforming, lose their ability to share their inspirational creativity with students. They are education factories which neglect the many for the sake of the few, who will achieve the expected grades. There is no flexibility and no understanding that experienced teachers can enhance the lives and raise achievement of students, without sacrificing their joy of learning. The majority of teachers are newly qualified and staff turnover is shockingly high. This is not good for the organisation or, more importantly, the students. These Academies are misguided, misinformed and arrogant. They will destroy education for those who can’t pay to be educated. The government could easily invest in our schools and not destroy them and the careers of those who work within them by slating them as “failing”, as a means to justify dismantling and handing them over to a new regime and a new way of failing our young people. 



About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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