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Anti free school activists give Premier League a kicking

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2217

Anti free school campaigners protested outside the Premier League in central London on Tuesday of this week  (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )

Anti free school campaigners protested outside the Premier League in central London on Tuesday of this week (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Campaigners against “free schools” held a lively protest on Tuesday of this week outside football’s Premier League in central London.

The Premier League has indicated it may be interested in setting up free schools.

Free schools are independent of local councils—removing any democratic control over how the schools are run.

The Tories base their plans for free schools on Sweden, where they are run for profit.

They want to make it easier for private firms to get their hands on our schools.

The Tories have put tremendous effort into promoting both free schools and academies, which also remove schools from local authority control.

Yet so far only 153 schools have applied for academy status—less than 10 percent of those Gove claimed had “expressed an interest” in becoming academies. That’s out of roughly 24,000 schools in England and Wales.

Just 62 groups have applied to set up free schools.

But we can’t be complacent. Funding cuts will increase the pressure on schools to transform into academies to get some extra government cash.

Anti-academies activists are already fighting. More than 20 campaign meetings are set up over the next month across Britain.

A strong campaign has the potential to scupper one of the government’s most high-profile national policies—and give the Tories a bloody nose.


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Tue 31 Aug 2010, 16:50 BST
Issue No. 2217
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