State-funded but privately-owned and notoriously ill-performing… Does anybody here think the so-called ‘free schools’ (which are in reality terrifyingly expensive) are a good idea?

David Cameron is announcing the latest wave of free schools in England, as a step towards his manifesto pledge of 500 more over the next five years.

The prime minister is launching a further 18 of the state-funded schools, set up by academy trusts, community groups, parents and teachers.

Mr Cameron said this would deliver “innovative and exciting schools”.

But the National Union of Teachers said the government was “playing politics” with the demand for school places.

The announcement will add to the 252 free schools already open and a further 52 set to open this term, out of a total of about 22,000 schools in the state sector.

Source: Cameron launches wave of free schools – BBC News

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