Interesting new 'fact check' about the progress of the Coalition free schools policy
by Fiona Millar
Posted: 09 Jun, 2011
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This is a good update on the progress of the free schools policy from Cathy Newman at Channel Four. It indicates several things. Firstly this policy is moving so slowly that it is very unlikely to create the 200 000 new school places the Tories talked of before the election. Secondly many of these projects will be serving already advantaged areas, in some cases they are private schools that are opting into the state sector and giving parents currently paying fees a prize like 'winning the lottery', as one dad who will now be saving £9000 a year put it. Finally finding the sites is proving extremely difficult which suggests that a more sensible, cost effective approach might be a continued focus on the improvement, or if necessary the expansion, of existing schools.