Opinion

A simple guide to the next wave of free school applications

Wave 13 of the free schools applications opened today. Mark Lehain explains how it differs from previous rounds The...

Mark Lehain
Mark Lehain
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United Learning and Ark in north-London turf war

Two of the country’s leading academy trusts have clashed over plans for an “unneeded” free school in north London....

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
Opinion

Free schools can’t be judged as a homogenous group

Tom Richmond is wrong on one thing, argues Thomas Byrne. There already are numerous free school successes – and...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
Opinion

Free schools: do their outcomes justify the cost?

There’s not enough evidence yet to see whether free schools have worked, says Tom Richmond, but what we do...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
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Warrington academy reduces intake, blames nearby free school

A secondary school in Warrington intends to reduce its intake, blaming the arrival of an award-winning free school on...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Revealed: The free school ‘advisors’ worth £100 million

The government has spent almost £100 million on advice for free school projects over the past three years, according...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
Opinion

There’s no right or wrong in the free schools debate

Neither side is completely right or wrong in the free schools debate, explains Natalie Perera, but what is clear...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
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65% of special free schools are for autism

Autism-specific free schools are continuing to dominate new special free school approvals, with more than half of those in...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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DfE placed on UK Statistics Authority watch list

The Department for Education has been cautioned by the UK Statistics Authority for delaying data releases and providing unclear...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson