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.