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Rushing to introduce yet another type of school will not improve educational standards

By Judith Judd   September 2010

Schools are fertile territory for reforming governments. Labour’s first legislation in 1997 abolished the assisted places scheme; now the Conservatives have rushed through their academies bill. This will turn more schools into academies more quickly, and pave the way for privately run, state-funded “free schools” set up by parents, teachers and charities. David Cameron needs a quick win in public service reform to show that his government is about more than slashing spending. “We need to change the way we do education,” he said.

Will he succeed? Ministers have received just 62 applications for free school status. But new schemes…

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