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Katharine Birbalsingh criticised over ‘wasteful’ free school project

January 22nd, 2012 at 10:47 pm » Comments (0)

Daniel Boffey, policy editor guardian.co.uk, Saturday 21 January 2012 21.30 GMT   Katharine Birbalsingh, the teacher described as a Tory darling for her attacks on state education standards, is at the centre of a ...more »

US private education firm approved for free schools

January 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am » Comments (0)

A US private education firm's UK arm has been officially approved to sell services to groups setting up free schools and academies in England. Edison Learning, a for-profit education business, has ...more »

Free schools in England set for extra £600m

January 19th, 2012 at 9:55 am » Comments (0)

26 November 2011 Last updated at 01:12 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-15901118 The government is to spend an extra £600m on building 100 new free schools in England over the next three years. The BBC's Ben Wright said the ...more »

Doubts grow over the success of Sweden’s free schools experiment

January 19th, 2012 at 9:49 am » Comments (0)

The Guardian  - Richard Orange in Malmö - guardian.co.uk, Saturday 10 September 2011 21.25 BST • This article was corrected and footnoted on 27 September 2011. All over the Swedish port city of Malmö ...more »

‘Free Schools and lack of Transparency’

August 30th, 2011 at 9:15 pm » Comments (0)

  In a government determined to cut public spending and deliver choice and competition in public services, Michael Gove has been one of the most successful performers.   The pace of the education secretary's reforms ...more »

Hidden Costs of Free Schools

August 30th, 2011 at 9:09 pm » Comments (0)

  The controversial Tory initiative to set up free schools received fast-track public funding after fierce lobbying from education secretary Michael Gove's inner circle of advisers, according to leaked emails.   Civil servants were urged that ...more »

Six Predicable failures of free schools – Maybe Michaela Free Schools should have a read.

July 15th, 2011 at 11:17 am » Comments (0)

Feelings of superiority & uniqueness Potential external constraints Core group and the goals Issues of power and authority Time as the enemy Resources 'The easiest way to check whether your Free School is purposeful is to ...more »

Archive of Debate on Free Schools on Women’s Hour

July 12th, 2011 at 11:17 am » Comments (0)

To listen to the debate bbc.in/r3bImA more »

Fiona Millar – Looks at the improvement of Lilian Bayliss School and the Free School proposed on its doorstep

July 12th, 2011 at 9:46 am » Comments (0)

Fiona Millar writes a great piece in the education Guardian: 'Some years ago, I was invited by Channel 4 to make a film about parent choice. Travelling around the country was ...more »

NAHT criticises suggestions that free schools can offer better services than their mainstream equivalents

July 6th, 2011 at 4:41 pm » Comments (0)

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) General Secretary Russell Hobby  notes that "This 'freedom' for free schools and academies is another mirage that downplays and ignores the substantial innovations in ...more »
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