High-profile Tory admits Free Schools may not be the answer for education

Toby Young [Image: Daily Mirror].

Toby Young [Image: Daily Mirror].

Toby Young is to be sad to quit his high (school), to paraphrase a song by Ryan Adams.

The lyrics are bitterly appropriate: “Young girl, I done you bad, I went and did you wrong… Then I got high [school?], Lord I got high, and you got a bone to pick with me but I wish you’d let me be.” That about sums up Mr Young’s involvement in Michael Gove’s Free Schools vanity project.

And that’s about all the amusement to be had from the announcement by the Tory hack that he’s quitting as CEO of Tory flagship West London Free School.

The Mirror reports:

Toby Young has admitted running a school was “harder than he thought” in an extraordinary climbdown, ahead of his departure as CEO of a flagship Free School.

He was held up as the shining example of Michael Gove’s controversial project, which allowed unqualified parents and community groups to set up their own schools outside of local authority oversight.

The Tory columnist and broadcaster quit as CEO of the West London Free School, opened by Boris Johnson just five years ago.

And today he admitted in an interview with Schools Week that he regrets being harsh about teachers, and Labour’s track record on education.

Source: 7 bits of bad news the Tories sneaked out while everyone was watching the election – Mirror Online

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