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Stage set for radical school reforms by Conservative Lib-Dem coalition

18 May 2010

The new Conservative-Lib Dem coalition issued a joint policy statement on education this week which promises to allow new providers to enter the state school system in response to parental demand.  The Lib Dems did not support Tory plans to set up hundreds of new ‘free schools’ in the run-up to the general election.  However, it appears that the policy was one of the Conservative Party’s ‘red lines’ and the Lib Dems had to agree to it in order to strike a deal. 

With the way paved for radical education reforms, the new government seems determined to lose no time in implementing its flagship ‘free schools’ policy. 

Legislation will be introduced later this month to allow all outstanding schools to become academies immediately, and further reforms, such as the pupil premium, are likely to follow apace.

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