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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.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 17 June 2013

Education Minister Lord Nash has described Suffolk’s first free school as a “flagship for the Government’s education reforms”.

He was speaking at the official launch of Stour Valley Community School in Clare this week, which – when it opened in September 2011 with 180 students – was one of just 24 free schools in the UK.

Lord Nash praised the hard work and determination of local people who had taken an idea on a blank sheet of paper and worked tirelessly to turn it into a thriving school with 320 students.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 14 June 2013

A free secondary school for children with autism and learning difficulties is being planned for Saffron Walden.

The Crocus Learning Group is set to submit an application for the school to the Department of Education either in September or January.

Special educational needs professionals and parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) are behind the bid.

The group has set up a Facebook page for the proposed ‘Crocus Learning Centre’ and has received support from local residents.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 13 June 2013

A CROSBY school has taken a major step towards gaining free school status after receiving backing for its fast-track application.

Streatham House, on Victoria Road West, Blundellsands, is now hoping that the school, noted for its artistic ethos and small class sizes, will become government funded in September 2014.

Head teacher Debby Rigby said that Streatham House would be filling a much needed gap in Crosby’s education provision.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 13 June 2013

 

The Tiger Primary free school in Maidstone has a strong focus on teaching Mandarin. A survey by the British Council earlier this year found that only 3% of primary schools offering any Mandarin teaching at all. Those that do it's usually a few classes from the age of seven.

The Tiger Primary School is much more keen: