Latest Issue

The Department for Education needs to open up

A new report has been seized on by critics of academies, but it has more to tell us about transparency

By Josh Lowe  

Michael Gove's academies programme has had a huge impact, but more data is needed to evaluate its success. © Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“Under David Cameron there is no convincing evidence that schools policy has delivered improvements for children in England.” Or that’s what Labour want you to think. What they don’t mention, responding yesterday to a new report on Academies and Free Schools by the…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect