, which shows children slumped, with heads in hands or inspecting their nails, as he talks about academisation. The education secretary even apologises to pupils for having to listen to him.
But Waters is not making a party-political point: he points out that Labour, too, was heavily criticised when Tony Blair used a school to launch the party's manifesto for the 2001 general election.
"There must be a concern for our democracy when politicians can walk into schools and make unbalanced political speeches," Waters says.
His desire to reduce the role of politics in education goes further. While politicians of course have policy responsibilities, they should be removed from the detail of schooling, he argues. By way of example, he points to how ministers of defence or health make policy but not decisions on the direction of attack on a guerrilla stronghold, or the stitching technique after an operation.
In his book, Waters sets out five problems with national politicians:
- They seem to think that nothing good ever happened in the previous administration
- They seem to think everywhere is like London
- They all have their own silver bullet
- They want results quickly
- They like to be told what they want to hear
As such, he wants a National Council for Schooling, an elected body, to oversee aspects of school organisation and advise on policy and practices - as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence does in health.
"He [Michael Gove] is like all the others who become secretary of state; they are driven by the best of motives for children and young people, but they are more driven by the need for power and votes. That is one of the reasons why national politicians need to assume a different role."
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