‘Unseemly rush’ means third of free schools are on temporary sites

TES is reporting that a third of free schools are using temporary sites to teach from, causing concern amongst unions.

Nearly a third of free schools are operating from interim sites, new figures reveal, leading to concerns about the high number of children being taught in temporary classrooms.

There are 110 free schools currently using temporary accommodation for their lessons, according to Parliamentary figures released last week. This amounts to nearly a third of the 344 free schools listed on the Department for Education’s website as being open.

TES analysis of the Ofsted reports that must be completed before free schools open also reveals that a significant number have been in temporary accommodation for at least two years longer than planned.

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, warned of the effects of running lessons in buildings that had not been designed to function as schools.

“We have concerns about whether temporary accommodation would provide access for disabled children and staff, [and] whether they are up to standard for school facilities – for example, ventilation or heating,” Dr Bousted said.

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  1. We can expect more of this unseemly haste now Toby Young, the director designate of the New Schools Network, has said the target for new free schools by 2020 should rise from 500 to 750.
    The official DfE figures are here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/567956/Free_schools_pre-reg_inspections_2016.pdf

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