I enjoyed Jon Andrewâ€™s blog post about his report for the Education Policy Institute (EPI) on free schools â€“ and agree with his recommendation that more of them are needed in areas of entrenched underperformance. But I thought the spin on the report was slightly misleading.
The headline claims free schools "arenâ€™t attracting a significant number of disadvantaged pupils" and Jon says there is a risk they will "encourage an increase in social segregation in our schools".
But this claim rests on just one of the findings in the report, namely, that the percentage of children on free school meals at those primary free schools set up in Englandâ€™s most disadvantaged areas â€“ defined as the bottom fifth â€“ is lower than the percentage of children on free school meals in those areas.
What about some of the other findings? (To read more, click here.)