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Free schools fare well in Ofsted inspections

Of the first 24 free schools to open, four were rated outstanding and a further 14 as good during their first ever Ofsted inspections....

Posted on 01/08/2013 - [Read More...]

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Lincolnshire free school aims to foster bilingualism

The Phoenix Family of Schools will in 2014 open a primary school in Spalding that will teach pupils in both English and Spanish in order to encourage bilingualism....

Posted on 31/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Next wave of free schools receive green light

Michael Gove has approved the opening of a further 102 free schools to open from 2014, which once full will create an additional 50,000 new school places....

Posted on 29/05/2013 - [Read More...]

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Hospitals could be used as free school sites

NHS trusts are reportedly being pressed to inform the DfE of hospital buildings that could be used as temporary sites for free schools....

Posted on 04/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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NUT warns of primary place shortages

The NUT has warned that not enough primary school places are being created while free schools create an overabundance of secondary school places....

Posted on 03/04/2013 - [Read More...]

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Quarter of free school applications come from faith groups

The government has revealed that one in four organisations who have applied to set up free schools were from faith-based groups....

Posted on 25/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Bradford free school receives funding

The DfE has signed a funding agreement that will enable charity One in a Million open a secondary free school in Bradford in September....

Posted on 05/02/2013 - [Read More...]

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Planning reforms to support free school opening

Planning law is being reformed to enable free schools to open in almost any site for up to a year before they require local authority permission....

Posted on 30/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Free school bidders to be disclosed

The government has failed in its battle to allow organisations that bid to set up free schools to retain their anonymity....

Posted on 22/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Conservative group advocates for-profit state schools

The Bright Blue group of Conservative party modernisers has advocated that for-profit organisations should be allowed to set up free schools....

Posted on 16/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Evolution debate could spell extinction for some free schools

Free schools will be required to teach evolution or risk losing their funding, under new government rules....

Posted on 30/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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Boris unveils Free Schools plan

The mayor of London Boris Johnson announces establishment of New Schools for London to help more Free Schools open in the capital...

Posted on 10/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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55 Free Schools to open their doors next term

Education secretary Michael Gove announces that an additional 55 Free Schools are to open, following the 24 that did so last year...

Posted on 03/09/2012 - [Read More...]

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Bradford free school loses funding a week before planned opening

One in a Million free school has had its funding cut a week before it was due to open....

Posted on 28/08/2012 - [Read More...]

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Six Midlands groups apply for free school status

Six organisations in the Midlands have applied for free school status although just two have been approved ...

Posted on 06/08/2012 - [Read More...]

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102 new Free Schools approved

50% increase in number of Free Schools approved...

Posted on 13/07/2012 - [Read More...]

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Parents 'keen' to send children to Free schools

New figures released by the Department for Education reveal strong demand for free schools among parents, with many oversubscribed...

Posted on 13/04/2012 - [Read More...]

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DfE invites new Free School applications

More teaching jobs look set to be created in Free Schools after the Department for Education invited new applications from groups looking to establish their own education institution...

Posted on 13/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Value of vocational subjects downgraded to protect traditional GCSEs

The government this week downgraded the value of thousands of vocational qualifications, as it looks to protect the worth of traditional GCSEs....

Posted on 01/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Barclays commits to assist free schools and academies

Michael Gove has said he is "delighted" that Barclays has committed to offer its expertise to free schools and academies...

Posted on 18/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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MP: 'Sat Nav' generation too reliant on calculators

Ahead of a parliamentary debate on the maths curriculum, a Conservative MP has said that the use of calculators in primary schools should be restricted...

Posted on 30/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Eight new Free Schools get government go-ahead

More teaching jobs in Free Schools set to open in September 2012 will become available following the government's announcement that eight new schools have received the green light...

Posted on 15/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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79 New Free Schools and UTCs to open

People looking for teaching jobs may like to hear that the DfE has announced 79 new Free Schools and UTCs are set to open as of next September...

Posted on 11/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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