Free For All? Analysing Free Schools in England, 2018

Date: 16.08.2018

Free schools are all-ability schools, funded by the government, which can be set up by groups such as charities, universities, teachers or parents. They were intended to bring new and innovative providers – including parents and teachers – into a more autonomous and self-improving school system, driving up standards through greater school choice and increased competition.

The first free schools opened in September 2011 and six years later, 311 had been established. This report examines the free school programme, looking at the types of free school set up, the characteristics of their pupils, and their academic outcomes.


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