Free schools call
FREE SCHOOLS should be encouraged to form chains in an attempt to pr event “costly failure”, the Bishop of Oxfor d has said.
Bishop John Pritchard’s comments came at question time in the House of Lor ds amid the ongoing r ow between the Conser vative and Liberal Democrat coalition partners about the cost of free schools.
He asked education minister Lord Nash: “Given that pr evention is better than costly cur e, can you let us know what is being done to make sur e that free schools are established as groups of inter dependent schools, rather than independent and autonomous units?
“Can you let us know how what we have lear nt fr om the academies programme - that we need to get schools gr ouped together in multi-academy trusts - is being transfer red to free schools?”
Lord Nash said it was an “extremely good point”.
“Although it is tr ue that a number of outstanding schools have been established entir ely independently, the way for ward is the school-to-school suppor t model, with schools operating in local clusters and secondaries working with their primaries.
“We are taking this lear ning, which has been ver y successful in the academy movement, into the free schools movement.”