Academies do not undermine the state system. Their leadership team face enormous challenges with too many commentators expecting results on a wholly unrealistic timetable.
The fact is that the families from the communities served by the academies deserve the best possible deal.
Academies are a solution, but not the only solution, to the needs of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. They deserve to be treated on a par with other schools and not subjected to a barrage of unfair comment.
David Hart General Secretary National Association of Head Teachers, 1 Heath Square Boltro Road Haywards Heath West Sussex