'exhilaratingly unapologetic, well-sourced, highly readable and generally persuasive...Read it.' -- Martin Kettle, The Guardian.
'Buy the book. Buy it for your mother. Buy it for everyone you know. It is such a clear analysis of what went wrong with British schools and how to put it right.' -- John Rentoul, Independent Blogs.
'The particular joy of this book is that it doesn't merely recount the history: it pre-empts Labour's 2015 education manifesto' -- Adrian Hilton, RightMinds.
'David Cameron should make each of his ministers read this book ... Adonis offers some very good tips on how to be a successful reformer. He demonstrates how a great vision can be delivered.' -- Kenneth Baker, The Telegraph
He was the most effective education minister we have seen in Britain in recent years; let s hope he becomes an equally effective education secretary." --Anthony Seldon, New Statesman,
'a must-read for anyone interested in education or how to drive through public service reform.' -- Progress Online
' excellent...The book is hybrid: part history, part memoir, part handbook for reformers' -- Financial Times
'If you want to understand New Labour thinking on education then read this book.' -- Left Futures
'compellingly written ... this is an important book, and a powerful reminder that between the forces of marketised deregulation and statist management there is indeed a third way of educational transformation and improvement' --Chris Husbands, Times Educational Supplement
About the Author
Andrew Adonis was an architect of education reform under Tony Blair, serving in the No. 10 Policy Unit and then as Minister for Schools from 1998 until 2008. He went on to become Transport Secretary under Gordon Brown. The academies programme is his major achievement. An entirely new breed of independent state schools, academies are changing the face of education nationwide, particularly where they have replaced failing comprehensive schools.