Free schools

Faith free schools must reserve half of their applications for children who are not of the faith. That doesn’t mean half of pupils in faith free... Read more
Theresa May’s speech on university tuition fee reform omitted one salient fact : it was the Coalition government which raised fees to up to £9k from... Read more
‘One in four children go to failing secondary schools,’ says the New Schools Network (NSN), the taxpayer funded charity set up to promote free... Read more
It’s essential, politicians say, for schools to close the gap in GCSE achievement between disadvantaged and advantaged pupils. But very few schools... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) doesn’t know the value of charges registered against free schools, Freedom of Information has revealed. Legal... Read more
The headline is true. But it’s also mischievous and misleading. Mischievous because it attempts to demonize free schools. It’s an antidote to recent... Read more
Local authority maintained schools are among the best in the country when judged by Progress 8. I’ve said so before . But let's be honest: this... Read more
The proportion of pupils entering at least five EBacc subjects has gone down since 2016, from 39.7% in 2016 to 38.2% in 2017, Department for... Read more
Carillion, the global construction firm and provider of support services, is to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The probe is... Read more
Perhaps it was suffering a New Year’s Eve hangover. Perhaps it was January blues. Whatever the excuse, the statement by the Department for Education... Read more
A plan for a new ten-storey secondary academy on a site which has already cost taxpayers £15m has been rejected by Bromley councillors . The Science... Read more
The story is familiar to anyone who has read David Laws’ book Coalition : the Department for Education (DfE) under Michael Gove was dysfunctional and... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) doesn’t have a schedule for publishing impact assessment for free schools opening in September 2016 and September... Read more
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