Was speaking to an ex colleague of mine over the weekend about the situation in England with these academies. He was telling me about his girlfriend who had to come back to blighty who is working for 24k in an academy, 60+ kids in a class, teachers wearing headsets and one months holidays a year. She is also an experienced teacher so should be on the upper pay spine. Is it really that bad in England now and what percentage of schools are academies these days ? If this is not a unique case these academies sound truly awful. Tragedy is the NQT's don't know any different, think it's acceptable and go with it as they don't know any different.