NEU research reveals staggering cost and failure rate of the free schools policy.
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This report is an important reminder of the reality behind the Government’s rhetoric on free schools.
The Government’s academy and free schools programme is in crisis. Almost 70 ‘orphan schools’ do not have a sponsor and yet the Government recklessly wants to expand the programme.
Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary NEU comments on Free schools: The next 10 years, a report by the New Schools Network which calls for the 92 ‘orphan’ schools rated inadequate to be taken over by parent and community groups rather than wait any longer for a suitable academy sponsor.
Commenting on the announcement of 22 new free schools, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary NEU, said: “After nine years of this failed policy, the Government’s claims about the successes of the free schools project ring hollow."
Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the NEU comments on the Department for Education’s launch of new application criteria for free schools.
The reality of Free Schools has not matched the overblown promises.
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on the Government’s latest announcement of 53 new free schools and one UTC.
The Department for Education’s (DfE) has announced that more free schools will open this term.