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Ten new free schools in one borough?


If it really takes off, the free schools policy threatens to overwhelm existing provision and segregate communities by teaching different faiths separately, says Warwick Mansell.

By  Warwick Mansell

It was a debate that may find echoes around England if the government’s “free schools” policy takes off. Union members, gathered for a meeting of their local association, were asked to consider the implications of a document which, if the ideas it seemed to outline were to be realised, would dramatically change the face of state education in their area.

Under discussion at the meeting last week was a list of plans by a variety of organisations to set up free schools – semi-independent organisations said by ministers to be founded in response to parental demand – within the traditional boundaries of the local authority.….Continue Reading