Analysing The Case Of Free Schools In England

This research by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) reveals that free schools are socially selective and reproduce socio-economic inequalities. The study analysed attendance at free schools and what impact they had on neighbouring schools.

Despite the government arguing free schools will improve social equity, the research shows that free schools are located in areas with above-average deprivation but admit intakes that are more affluent than the average for the neighbourhoods from which they recruit. This is particularly the case for primary free schools, which also recruit students with above-average prior attainment. 

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