New teaching jobs are set to be created following news that the Department for Education (DfE) has approved the opening of eight new Free Schools.
The announcement brings the total number of approved Free School applications to 87, with three special schools and five alternative curriculum schools having now been given the green light.
Plans for the first ever special education Free School were approved, as well a school in Liverpool run by Everton Football Club that will provide education for vulnerable young people.
Announcing the new schools, education secretary Michael Gove said: "No child – regardless of their circumstances – should be denied an excellent education that is close to home.
"Through Free Schools, we are breaking down barriers to make this a reality for some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in the country. The good schools lottery must end."
Free Schools are like Academies in that they have freedom from local authority control, giving teachers and governors the power to make decisions about the way the school is run.
Six of the new schools are set to be housed in government or publicly-owned sites, two of which are DfE offices while four are former court houses.
The new alternative provision schools are intended to provide more young people with a quality education they might not otherwise receive from a mainstream school.
These include excluded pupils, those who are ill or have been severely bullied, young people from disadvantaged or vulnerable backgrounds and teenagers who are parents.
David Moyes, the manager of Everton FC hailed the fantastic opportunity the new Everton in the Community school will offer to disadvantaged young people from the Merseyside region.
The school will allow "less fortunate children to embrace – and benefit from – a high-quality education", he said.
All of the newly-approved schools will open for the beginning of the September 2012 term.
New Free Schools set to open the following year are due to be announced in July 2012.
Posted by Alan Douglas