The Times Educational Supplement
highlighted today an answer to a Parliamentary question. I quote:
"More than a third of free-school applicants to the Government are from faith groups, according to official figures. Responding to a parliamentary question by Labour peer Lord Beecham last week, schools minister Lord Hill said 115 out of 323 proposals had a faith ethos."
Let's stop pretending the free school movement is about raising standards. It's not, it's about fostering social and religious segregation. When a free school proposal is not "faith-based", it's invariably about a particular social group wishing to have their children from their particular social class or ethnicity educated separately from the local community. Our schools are already very segregated, with three quarters of children on Free School Meals educated in a quarter of schools, and the top achieving schools having fewer than 5% FSM pupils, but it's clear that the Free School movement is going to make things much, much worse.