By Claire West

Commenting on today’s suggestion by the teaching unions that the Government’s Academies plan is a ‘failure’, Mike Harris, Head of Education and Skills Policy at the Institute of Directors, said:

“Employers share the widespread sense of urgency to improve the education system. The Government has set out a bold reform programme to introduce more competition and autonomy into education. Whilst the fruits of these reforms cannot come soon enough, as continuing weaknesses in literacy and numeracy demonstrate, reform will not happen overnight. To expect otherwise is, frankly, silly.”