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Privileged free schools- too soon to say?

27 April 2012

Government data shows that ¾ of free schools have a lower proportion of deprived pupils, eligible for free school meals, than average. However, with only 24 free schools open, and some only catering for a very small number of pupils, is it too soon to make any judgement on the social impact based on this data?

One aim of the free school policy is to close the attainment gap between privileged and poorer students and raise standards across education. However, as free schools are established by parents and other groups to meet the needs of local communities and provide access to quality education in those communities, the social impact of the policy will depend on where free schools are established.

Free schools are still a relatively new concept. As more open and parents are made aware of this option, pupil numbers will increase. It is only at that point that a judgement can be made about the free school’s place in society.

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