A free school is classified as a non-profit making, independent, state-funded school which is free to attend but which is not controlled by a Local Authority. They are subject to the same School Admissions Code as all of State-funded schools. The Department of Education must approve all free schools and they are expected to comply with standard performance measures. Supporters argue that they create healthy competition for public schools and increase standards. Opponents argue that the schools will divert money away from existing schools and only benefit middle-class students whose parents have the resources to start them.
Yes, more all ability, non selective schools with more autonomy with how they teach and run a school day could be great. But still with regulation/looked after by local authority that has guidelines on what can be taught, follows national curiculum and are ensured to be safe places for children. Would need some kind of Ensuring teachings don't promote hate, prejudice or misinformation/science denial.
There is a problem among SEND children/young people/families in particular for who a traditional school is unsuitable and even traumatising. The ability to set up other places of learning to meet those needs is important
No, vouchers should be given to low-income families so that their children can attend private schools. Theoretically, this would eventually improve the average UK grades and quality of education as well as the cost of the program decreasing as more citizens can get higher income jobs which would subsequently lower poverty rates.
Yes There are new housing developments going up all over the country, and no new infrastructure; no communal hubs, such as surgeries, shops and schools. If these are not being provided, then residents should be free to make alternative provisions.
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