It was bound to happen, the free-for-all model just couldn't last. Shades of sanity are appearing in the process where an actual viable business plan is now being required before an application will attract planning funding.
Toby himself now admits that he doubted the proposals for his school would have made through the new process (according to TES).
A BBC article
goes on to say...'Groups that meet minimum requirements will then be judged against each other and scored on the strength of their proposals.
Then shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview to discuss aspects of their proposal.
Interview panels will be made up of Department for Education officials, financial experts, education advisers, headteachers and organisations with a track record of setting up and running schools. '
Hmm, I wonder who those 'organisations' will be?