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NSN Director: The NEU's figures on free schools are misleading

Sunday, December 8, 2019
The National Education Union has released research suggesting that the free schools policy has been a failure. However, evidence suggests that the policy has largely been successful.

"The NEU’s figures are deliberately misleading – but these tactics are wholly unsurprising given the reality of free schools’ success. 30% of free schools are Ofsted Outstanding, compared to 19% of all other schools nationally, and again and again we see parents voting with their feet, choosing their local free school as their school of choice. It’s disappointing that the NEU would want to mislead people in this way: any basic checking of the facts shows of the 752 schools that have closed since 2010, 13 were free schools, compared to 334 that were council-run schools. Overall, 98% of free schools established are open and thriving, and given their best-in-class performance and popularity, any Government wanting to show it was serious about raising standards, would continue to invest in the programme at scale."