More free schools set for the North

The next wave of the free schools programme is set to be increasingly focused on the North and the Midlands as the Department for Education commits to opening schools in areas where it says there is a need to raise standards.

The Department for Education said today it will open a new wave of schools in areas where they are most needed – including in disadvantaged areas.

However, the list of free schools approved to open in this latest wave is not expected until early next year.

This will be almost two years since the Government last announced a major wave of new free school projects.

Education secretary Damian Hinds said: “Children only get one chance at an education and they deserve the best, wherever they live and whatever their background. Standards are rising in our schools and we’ve created hundreds of thousands of new places since 2010, but we want to make sure every family can access a good school.”

Read the full report in the TES.

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