’m not surprised the Chancellor allocated more money for the free schools policy in the Budget. It’s not an exaggeration to say it’s the most successful education policy of the last 25 years.
To begin with, free schools have proved to be a cost-effective way of meeting the need for additional places. This was underlined in the National Audit Office’s recent report on school capital, which said that on a like-for-like basis, they cost 29 per cent less than new schools built under Labour’s ‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme. Given that the Department for Education has estimated that we will need 420,000 additional places between 2016 and 2021, it makes sense for as many of these as possible to be in new free schools. (To read more, click here.)
Re: Victory in sight for the free schools revolution
Posted by Eugene Morice on 07-04-2017 21:12:
As the father of a son with special needs you can only imagine the level of delight that I will feel if I find out that the support for my child is being cut because the government attempting to " balance the books" whilst also paying for grammar schools, free schools and other political vanity projects !