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Free school programme to be extended

10/03/2015 Kelly
Prime minister David Cameron has announced plans for 49 new free schools in communities across the country.

According to the government, the extension of the free schools programme will help to meet local demand for higher standards of education and better discipline.

More than 400 free schools have been approved since 2010, creating over 230,000 school places across the country.

Over two-thirds of these institutions have 'good' or 'outstanding' ratings and 72 per cent are located in areas with a shortage of places.

In the East Midlands, Northampton International Academy is to offer an extended school day to 2,220 pupils aged between three and 19. Its curriculum will focus on the study of modern languages at both primary and secondary level.

A new school of science and technology in Maidstone, Kent, is to forge links with the Singapore School of Science and Technology to give pupils an international knowledge of science and commerce.

Many free schools benefit society's most disadvantaged youngsters, and 17 per cent are dedicated to special needs or alternative provision.

The Campus free school, which is the result of more than three years of collaboration between education and youth justice experts, will help up to 30 Haringey young offenders gain qualifications while giving them the support needed to avoid reoffending.

Another institution, the Boxing Academy, will offer places to 56 pupils a year. Youngsters will learn about discipline and teamwork alongside their academic work.

Mr Cameron said: "Free schools set up by teachers, parents and community groups are not only outperforming other schools, but they are raising the performance of those around them, meaning more opportunities for children to learn the skills they need to get on in life."

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