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June 27th, 2011 at 11:47 am

What are Free Schools

The Conservative-led government wants private organisations to set up and run new state-funded schools. These so-called ‘Free Schools’ are Academies, which means they are outside local authorities, free from local accountability, free from national union pay and conditions agreements, with greater freedom over the curriculum and able to set their own admissions policies.

 

Free Schools can be set up by groups of parents, community organisations, charities and businesses. The government has received 323 applications, but the quality is poor and only 40 have been accepted for consideration and only 17 of them have had their business case approved. Between 10 and 20 Free Schools are expected to open in September 2011. Many applications are from Academy chains such as ARK, E-ACT and Harris, from groups of middle-class parents wanting grammar school-type education, from private schools seeking state funding, and from religious groups (over one-third of all applications).

6 reasons why you should say no to Free Schools

 

1. Because they take pupils and money from existing schools

2. Because they increase social segregation

3. Because they aren’t the answer to raising standards

4. Because they will be run by business for profit

5. Because they threaten pay, working conditions and union rights

6. Because they are not democratically accountable

 

Read full argument here Free Schools Briefing.pdf - on 8 Jun 2011 03:23 by Anti Academies Alliance (version 1)   192k View Download

 

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