PM insists free schools programme is a ‘great success’

After Friday’s announcement of 102 new free schools from 2013, the Press Association is reporting Prime Minister David Cameron as describing the programme as a ‘great success’ with many being oversubscribed and, he insists, the schools are driving up standards elsewhere.

David Cameron has insisted the Government’s free schools programme is a “great success”.

Many of the new schools are “massively oversubscribed” and are driving up standards elsewhere, the Prime Minister said. The Government announced on Friday that it has approved applications for a further 102 free schools to open from September 2013 onwards.

Unveiling the list at Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy in north London – one of the first 24 free schools to open last autumn – Mr Cameron said: “I think its been a great success.

“What we are seeing is real quality, real choice for parents and it’s a great part of our school improvement programme. Many more children are getting the education they, and their parents, want and deserve.”

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