Free For All? Analysing Free Schools in England, 2018

This NFER report takes a snapshot of the free school programme in England, seven years after its establishment, looking at the types of school set up, the characteristics of their pupils, and their academic outcomes. Leadership Briefing (142)

Free schools are all-ability schools, funded by the government, which can be set up by groups such as charities, universities, teachers or parents. They were intended to bring new and innovative providers – including parents and teachers – into a more autonomous and self-improving school system, driving up standards through greater school choice and increased competition. However, little is known about the types of schools which have been set up by the free school programme. 

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