Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, has outlined the enormous success of the Government's academies programme, announcing another milestone as the number of academies in England reaches 1,500.
Academies are a key element of building a school system in which teachers have more power and in which they are more accountable to parents - not politicians.
Yet, these reforms have been opposed by Labour and the unions.
Michael Gove said: "The same ideologues who are happy with failure - the enemies of promise - also say you can't get the same results in the inner cities as the leafy suburbs so it's wrong to stigmatise these schools.
"Let's be clear what these people mean. Let's hold their prejudices up to the light. What are they saying?
"If you're poor, if you're Turkish, if you're Somali, then we don't expect you to succeed. You will always be second class and it's no surprise your schools are second class.
"I utterly reject that attitude. It's the bigoted backward bankrupt ideology of a left wing establishment that perpetuates division and denies opportunity. And it's an ideology that's been proven wrong time and time again."
Read Michael Gove's speech in full here.