Well I'm absolutely gutted by the lack over media coverage of the forced academisation process AND the scrapping of qualified teacher status, both policies announced last week. I realise that the whole u-turn on PIP cuts has taken precedence, plus there have been resignations and political in-fighting (on both sides) but because of this, the education issues are not getting the coverage they both need and deserve. Good to see the NUT organising protest marches on the Academy issue, that is something at least (plus there are two online petitions), but what about the QTS matter, which nobody seems to be talking about. I was very disappointed back in 2012 (if I recall correctly - the news was sneakily announced on the day the Olympics began, by Michael Gove) that academies could ignore the QTS when recruiting staff and how did the Unions respond to that? Here is how I see things panning out: firstly - all schools have to become academies or commit to so doing in the next few years whilst at the same time QTS ends with this 'on the job', constant re-evaluation thing taking its place. At the same time harder SATs tests this year and new, more demanding GCSEs come into force, in 2017. It is like a 'Perfect Storm' because as results drop (as they most surely will) the Government can say we are responding by making all schools Academies. Teacher recruitment crisis??? What teacher recruitment crisis, because when any 'Tom, Dick or Harriet' can be put in the classroom irrespective of their status (and on an instructors pay no doubt) they will find people willing to 'try' the job. Plus, will the salary savings made be used for better equipment and more support staff? Or will it just help pay the monster salaries of the Heads and MAT overseers. I wonder if the decisions of a few years ago (regarding more rigorous SATs and GCSEs, that are about to come into play) were made in the knowledge that 100% academisation was going to be initiated around now? (Hence the conspiracy tag in my O.P.) I ask again, why is this not in the news? & what are the Unions doing to raise these issues NOW? P.S. I wonder what would happen if the Government suddenly announced that people didn't have to have a medical degree nor seven years training to be a Doctor. They could try the role in an 'Academy' hospital earning their 'L' plates so to speak & if not too many people died, they would be signed off as a fully-fledged surgeon, at some unspecified future point.... I know teachers don't have the power of life or death, but kids only get one chance at an education and really, is this combination of 100% academies and an end to QTS really the right way to go?