Perhaps if Michael Gove identifies where the funding was coming from for both the capital and the revenue, the Academies Bill might be more believable (Gove defends “rushed” Academies Bill, 20 July,

But I doubt it: information so far released from the department is minimal, and when Gove points to over 1,500 schools “registering an interest” they’re only applying to find out what the thing’s all about and to keep their options open.

Tom Hollick