Last week’s topic in the pre-election debate was schools. The Conservative party announced that it would protect spending on schools in cash terms, but not keep pace with inflation. It would also convert more schools to Academies, including those adjudged ‘requiring improvement’ by Ofsted. Labour retaliated by accusing the Coalition of failing to tackle educational inequalities and damaging the education system by allowing Academies to employ unqualified teachers. Here Professor Ruth Lupton analyses the coalitions performance in secondary education.