Free schools

We’ve been here before. Time and again this site has said there isn’t enough data to come to a firm conclusion about the performance of free schools... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) says it won’t publish impact assessments for free schools opened in 2016 because they aren’t ready yet, Freedom of... Read more
Two schools maintained by local authorities were ranked in the top ten English schools based on their Progress 8 (P8) scores, the New Schools Network... Read more
20% of free schools which entered pupils for GCSE in 2017 were below the Department for Education (DfE) floor standard of -0.5 for Progress 8 (P8)... Read more
The Department for Education’s use of statistics has often been criticised by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). Using flawed figures to claim the... Read more
A new primary free school proposed to open in 2019 in Kingston-Upon-Thames has been given planning permission by the Council. The site for GEMS... Read more
Yesterday I used the Department for Education schools database, Edubase, to check details of some academies which had changed hands. Today I tried to... Read more
Education Secretary Justine Greening gave a classic example of deflection yesterday . She avoided a question about the collapse of Wakefield City... Read more
St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School, a Voluntary Aided selective school in Orpington, has refused to allow about 16 of its Y12 pupils to enter... Read more
Freedom of Information law allows government organisations to refuse disclosure of requested data under certain conditions. One reason is a declared... Read more
Schools minister Nick Gibb was clear : 86% of mainstream free schools approved since 2014 have been where school places were needed ‘and the... Read more
Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust (AIBET) is in financial difficulties. It runs two Bournemouth academies, Harewood College , a... Read more
A comprehensive school accepts pupils irrespective of prior attainment. A grammar school accepts only pupils who pass a selection test. According to... Read more
The ‘headlines’ in the New School Network publication The Case for Free Schools are puff statements. In particular, the data is dragooned to... Read more
The New Schools Network (NSN) has published a blurb called The Case for Free Schools . It would be tempting, but wrong, to write a case against free... Read more
It’s becoming a habit with the Department for Education. The department or its ministers make a dodgy statement. A complaint is made to the UK... Read more
This is an abridged version of the full article which can be found here . Politics and education are inseparable and always have been. This is clear... Read more
In the run-up to elections, it’s difficult to sift facts from spin. The National Foundation for Educational Research and FullFact have come to voters... Read more