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30.08.11

Free schools funded

The first 24 free schools open next month, after having received fast-track public funding.

The schools have been set up by parents, faith groups and academy trusts in church halls, listed buildings and other temporary locations. The overall budget for the schools has been estimated to be between £110 and £130m.

They were a key Conservative pledge ahead of the election.

Education Minister Michael Gove said: “The most important thing for any parent is to be able to send their child to a good local school, with high standards and strong discipline. That is why we are opening free schools across the country. I am delighted to announce that the first 24 will open this year.

“Too many children are being failed by fundamental flaws in our education system. The weakest schools are concentrated in our poorest towns and cities, and we are plummeting down the international education league tables.

“By freeing up teachers and trusting local communities to decide what is best, our reforms will help to raise standards for children in all schools.”

The charity New Schools Network has been awarded a £500,000 grant to provide advice and guidance to set up free schools.

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