First off I'll out myself as 200% anti Academy Chains in anyway shape or form. I'm also hoping to already have annoyed the Maths teachers. Can someone please point me in the direction of any decent articles on line both for and against Academies? I can't get my head around the "fact" that allowing a Private Company to run a school makes economic sense. In the olden days the County or LEA would run numerous schools and have a CEO on a huge amount of money, the cost of which would be spread across many many schools. Now we appear to be in a position where there are far fewer schools in a chain but still a CEO on a lot of money. And there are lots of academy chains with a very well renumerated CEO taking money from only a few schools' budgets compared to the aforementioned days of yore. Thanks for replying, if you think you can enlighten this ancient Maths teacher. Any grammatical errors found are deliberately placed to annoy English Colleagues.