logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

‘damp squib’ danger as Gove announces first wave of free schools

9 September 2010

Michael Gove has announced the first 16 free schools that will progress to the next stage of preparing business plans . The schools are a mix of secondary, primary and faith schools in a number of areas set up by various groups including parents, teachers, local interest groups and charities. 

In his ministerial statement Gove acknowledges that opening in September 2011 represents a challenging timescale and sets out his anticipation that more applications will follow. He expects the free school’s programme will improve choice for parents and raise standards for all young people. 

However, Chris Keates, General Secretary of NASUWT considers these initial modest numbers of approval to show there is meagre demand for free schools, which would fragment communities and be socially divisive. 

Either way if the number of applications for free schools do not significantly increase in the future, the programme may become something of a damp squib.

related opinions

Members of academy trusts have fiduciary duties

We are increasingly asked are there any limits on how members can exercise their powers.

View blog

Levelling Up – What now for education policy?

Following the Conservatives’ election victory in December the new government will be able to implement their election manifesto in full.

View blog

Multi Skilled Visit: what is the impact of it being a right under the new Electronic Communications Code?

A Multi Skilled Visit (MSV) is when a survey is carried out on behalf of operators for the purpose of seeing whether a new site is suitable for the installation and operation of electronic communications equipment.

View blog

UK universities receive fire and safety complaints

Statistics released by Eaton indicate that 1 in 4 Universities have received complaints about fire safety issues or building evacuation procedures from students, staff or members of the public in the last 5 years.

View blog

Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

View profile

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up