One of the lynchpins of the Gove agenda was the free schools programme – the idea that groups of parents or teachers who were dissatisfied with local provision could set up their own schools. A new report by Suella Braverman MP, herself a founder of the Michaela free school in Wembley, shows that the schools that have resulted have been highly successful and highly popular.
The statistics speak for themselves. Free schools are 50 per cent more likely to be rated outstanding by Ofsted than other types of schools. They are strongly preferred by parents. They have extremely strong academic results at both primary and secondary level.
But Braverman’s report – published today by the Centre for Policy Studies – also shows how the momentum has steadily been drained from the free schools programme.
Read more about free schools and what has happened post-Gove in the full article Free schools show how hard it can be to battle the Blob
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