Free schools are new, state-funded schools that are independent of local authorities. They were one of the flagship education reforms introduced by the 2010 Coalition Government, based on a similar concept in Sweden and charter schools in the United States and Canada.
The first free schools opened in September 2011 and they now number over 500, and are in every region in England. In September 2019, the prime minister confirmed a renewed commitment to the free schools programme, with a further 220 set to open over the coming years.
In November 2017 the Education Policy Institute published its first...
17th October 2019
, Emily Hunt
, Jon Andrews
Education Policy Institute