Tory education secretary Michael Gove has appointed academy sponsor and Tory donor John Nash as education minister.
Nash will be given a peerage. He plans to drive through the Tories’ school privatisation agenda in the House of Lords.
The government is desperate to cling onto its academies and free school programme despite rising opposition and criticism.
Councillors warned last week that more than a million children could be eating unhealthy school meals at academies and free schools.
These schools don’t have to adhere to the nutritional standards that apply to state-run schools.
Meanwhile the Academies Commission has produced a report into academies, which was surprisingly critical of the schools.
It said that academies used covert selection to improve their results—but despite that, the results were not “markedly better” than other schools.
The Ofsted schools’ inspectorate has rated nearly half of academies as inadequate or “requiring improvement”.
Education expert Terry Wrigley writes on the Academies Commission go to