In 2011, I co-founded a free school, Michaela Community School in my hometown of Wembley. We opened in 2014 after several setbacks along the way. Our Outstanding Ofsted rating in 2017 and the transformation of our pupils made it all worthwhile. This summer’s GCSE results placed us in the top 10 schools in the country. Politics Home reports.
Michaela is one of the 400 or so free schools around the country. And they are thriving. Despite representing no more than 2% of all schools in England, four out of our top 10 schools in the country are free schools when measured by Progress 8 scores. A free school is 50% more likely to be rated outstanding when compared to other state schools. Disadvantaged children do better at free schools. And there is emerging evidence of the competitive benefit that free schools generate, raising the quality of neighbouring schools with healthy challenge.
Boris Johnson must commit to expanding the reach of free schools so that it isn’t just a lucky few with access to them. We can create a country where every town has a free school, every parent has real school choice and every child has the chance to thrive.
Read the full article Suella Braverman MP: Let’s galvanise education by pledging to open 100 free schools per year
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