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Free schools fare well in Ofsted inspections

01/08/2013 Joanna
Staff in teacher jobs at the country's very first free schools have helped the majority of these institutions fare well in their inaugural Ofsted inspections.

Of the 24 schools monitored, which have now been open for two years, four were rated as outstanding by the education watchdog, while 14 were deemed to be good, five as requiring improvement and just one to be inadequate.

Education secretary Michael Gove welcomed these results, describing them as evidence of the high standards at free schools and crediting these institutions for offering all parents the opportunity to send their children to a school providing "great teaching and strong discipline".

Meanwhile Natalie Evans, director of the New Schools Network, told BBC News: "These schools are pioneers in every sense and to achieve a good or outstanding Ofsted judgement in just two years, having set up a school from scratch, is very impressive."

At present, there are 81 free schools operating in England and a further 200 scheduled to open from September onwards, with all currently approved and planned free schools expected to offer 130,000 places in total once they are all full.

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