Spending Review boost for ‘free’ schools

None of us should feel relieved that the chancellor has, apparently’ ‘ring-fenced’ the schools budget. The devil, as always, is in the detail. We know that Michael Gove has raided and re-targeted budgets in the past for his ideologically driven academies and ‘free’ schools programme. Dismaying therefore, but no surprise, that Osborne has announced he has allowed money for 180 new ‘free’ schools in the year 2015-16. Quite how he knows, two years out, that this precise number of such schools will spring up in response to consumer demand is unclear.


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