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EXCLUSIVE: 97 independent schools failed test to convert to free schools

Nearly 100 independent schools were rebuffed from opening a free school in the first wave of applications in 2010, Schools...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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Pro-academy campaign group launched by ‘superhead’ Rachel De Souza – but funders remain anonymous

A line-up of education reformers – including a former adviser to David Cameron – have joined forces to launch a...

John Dickens
John Dickens
Exam results, News

Free school GCSE results reveal highs … and lows

Free schools with fledgling GCSE cohorts have hit highs – and lows – in their overall performance in this...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
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‘Social need’ free schools would combat racist abuse in classrooms, charity claims

Allowing free schools to open where there is a “social need” would increase community integration and help prevent racist abuse...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
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£2bn fund revealed for DfE free school property company

A company set up by the Department for Education (DfE) to buy new free school sites will be given a...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Free school bid changes pave way for more studio schools – despite spate of closures

New rules governing the opening of free schools could pave the way for more studio schools, it has been...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Deprivation study finds grammars, faith and primary free schools ‘biased’ against poor pupils

Grammar schools and free schools may be exacerbating social segregation, new research released today shows. Analysis of the deprivation...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
News

Fears of ‘free-for-all’ as government opens up free school bid criteria

New free schools will be allowed to open if their proposers can demonstrate a “social need” or “significant demand”...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Finances of collapsed academy chain Lilac Sky under scrutiny as founders eye new free school

The financial management of a collapsed academy chain is being scrutinised by the government after it stepped in to block...

John Dickens
John Dickens