Following on from Francis' interview with the highly articulate Suffolk parent Emma Bishton, who has explained why two new free schools will not help her area where there is no shortage of school places, I came across this excellent post
from Loic Menzies of the LKM consultancy. It sets out clearly that there may be a downside for many young people in this experiment to fuel competition by the creation of surplus places. The author also makes the point that there are other tried and tested methods to improve existing schools, if they are underperforming, like the London Challenge, the lessons from which could be rolled out across the country instead of the experiment we are currently seeing.
Do read and also vote in the poll.