In an interview with Schools Week, writer turned educator Toby Young has admitted that making a success of a new free school was tougher than he had imagined.
The author and broadcaster set up the West London Free School in 2011 and the interview covers his thoughts on the challenges the school has faced and its achievements.
Mr Young said he was preparing to step down from his role as the trust’s chief executive as it expands – it currently also has three primary schools and a sixth form is due to open in September.
“I was very critical of England’s public education system under the last Labour government, and I hadn’t grasped how difficult it is to do better, and to bring about system-wide improvement.
“The last government and this government have achieved a remarkable amount, and I do think the direction of travel is the right direction, but there is no question that it was arrogant of me to believe that just having high expectations and believing in the benefits of a knowledge-based education for all, that those things alone would be enough to create successful schools.”
You can read the full interview at: Profiles: Toby Young, free school chief executive.
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