free schools

  • September 1, 2018

    Thousands of children face missing out on a secondary school place in the next five years with more than half of all councils in England at risk of not being able to meet demand, according to new analysis by the  Local Government Association.

  • June 1, 2018

    Free schools are failing to fulfil the programme’s original purpose of offering innovative and parent-led approaches to the curriculum, says a new report.

  • March 19, 2018

    The Accord Coalition has welcomed the Government’s new integration strategy, but urged it to recognise the damaging role being played by faith schools that are discriminatory and segregatory.

  • March 7, 2018

    A group of religious leaders, parliamentarians, education experts, and prominent public figures have signed a joint letter calling on the new Education Secretary Damian Hinds to reconsider a proposal to allow fully segregated intakes in new and existing religious free schools.

  • March 4, 2018

    An increasingly fragmented school system means local authorities are unable to ensure sufficient school places are available, says NAHT.

  • January 6, 2018

    The Children's Rights Alliance for England has urged the Government to maintain the current cap that limits faith Free Schools from not religiously discriminating when selecting more than half of their pupils.

  • November 17, 2017

    The Education Policy Institute has undertaken an in-depth analysis of the Free Schools programme in England.

  • December 12, 2013

    It is unusual for politicians to admit that a policy they believed in and helped implement was not just wrong, but actually did harm. It is even more unusual for them to make a very public apology. But this is what the Swedish Green Party did last month, on the policy of Free Schools. In a national newspaper the party said, "Forgive us, our policy led our schools astray".

  • November 22, 2013

    Advice often given to young people is study hard, get your A-Levels, go to University, and then take up a profession. Perhaps become a teacher, lawyer, engineer etc.

  • December 1, 2011

    A good RE syllabus would allow young people to explore, without either naivety or unwarranted suspicion, how the world might look from different perspectives and to learn to think critically and with minds open to the possibilities as well as to the limitations and dangers of different political and cultural norms, says Alison Jasper. But how far the kind of organisations sponsoring the government's Free Schools is another question, she acknowledges.