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on 23 November 2012
I live in a part of England that has seen lots of academies in recent years and they have transformed the local area. So I was interested to read this account of the main motivator for change. The first half of the book is a cracking read - his story of how this all happened and the blocks along the way.

The second half is his prescription for education reform in the future and though well written, for me personally, this was of less interest - though I loved his chapter on "how to be a reformer".

What you learn along the way says just as much about the failings of the civil service as the failings of school leadership. If you work in the world of education policy, you should certainly read this book. And for anyone who routinely slags off politicians, this book shows you what a good one, motivated by a desire to improve life chances, can achieve.
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