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Free Schools in the media
Fri 21 June 2013

APPLICATIONS for more free schools in the North East could be on the cards after a group from the region won encouragement to expand activities.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 19 June 2013

Universities are being urged by the government to sponsor new free schools specialising in mathematics, in a plan supported by the Office for Fair Access (Offa) to encourage talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study maths at degree level.

As an incentive to open the new schools, universities will be allowed to fund them using budgets otherwise reserved for improving access to higher education for under-represented and disadvantaged groups.

Free Schools in the media
Tue 18 June 2013

An MP has given his backing to plans for a new free school in a town where secondary pupils face an hour and a half of commuting every day.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 17 June 2013

In a major policy reversal, Labour has dropped its blanket opposition to free schools and will support their formation as long as there is sufficient demand for places in their area.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 17 June 2013

When is a free school not a free school? When it’s a parent-led academy.

That’s the suggestion buried in Stephen Twigg’s thoughtful speech on Labour education policy this morning to the RSA.

Mr Twigg paved the way for his speech with a bold-sounding appearance on the Today programme, suggesting that a Labour government would strangle Michael Gove’s free school programme.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 17 June 2013

Every state school in the country will be able to choose its own curriculum and lengthen term times if Labour wins the next general election, the shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg, will pledge.

In a speech at the Royal Society of Art this morning, Mr Twigg will give a promise that Labour will extend to all schools the freedoms Education Secretary Michael Gove currently reserves for flagship free schools and academies.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 17 June 2013

Labour will today call for all state schools to be given some of the same freedoms as academies and free schools.

The significant shift of policy will give comprehensives the power to act more independently, such as departing from the National Curriculum or varying the length of terms.

Labour education spokesman Stephen Twigg will also drop his party's bitter opposition to free schools – saying the move will 'help raise standards'.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 17 June 2013

The party will say that parents should be allowed to set up their own schools provided that there is a strong demand for places in their area.

This echoes reforms introduced by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary. Labour has recently announced it will scrap winter fuel allowances for Britain’s richest pensioners and will cap the state pension budget.

In a speech today, Stephen Twigg, the shadow education secretary, will also set out plans to extend to all schools the freedoms currently enjoyed only by academies and free schools.