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Free schools are a cost-effective option

Amid reports that plans to expand free schools could be scrapped to fund the manifesto promise of an additional...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
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Bolton Wanderers Free school governor who claimed £3,250 remains secret

A cash-strapped free school due to close later this year does not seem to know which of its governors...

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
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Investigation: Flagship 16-19 free schools under threat

Financial cracks are emerging in the government’s flagship 16-19 free schools as heads face stalling recruitment and “chronic” underfunding....

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Government ‘propping up’ free schools with loans

The government has been accused of propping up under-subscribed free schools with “interest-free loans”, while academies and council schools...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Where will the next wave of free schools be? We still don’t know…

Free school applicants claim they have been “left in the dark” by the delay in announcing the latest successful...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Bolton Wanderers Free School under fire over promises in DfE application forms

The closing Bolton Wanderers Free School (BWFS) is facing more scrutiny after promises in its original application appear not...

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
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Bolton Wanderers Free School paid £600k in rent and bills to football club

An “inadequate” school linked to a former premier league football club and now closing in August because of financial...

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
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Pension row delays Bright Tribe free school takeover

A long-running squabble over a pension deficit has seriously delayed a major multi-academy trust from taking over a failing...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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Football club’s free school to close with £500,000 debt

A free school set up by Bolton Wanderers Football Club will close later this year owing the government £500,000...

Billy Camden
Billy Camden