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Free schools not for poor

Issue No. 2278

The Tories’ flagship free schools are only taking half the proportion of children on free school means compared with other state schools in England.

On average, just 9.4 percent of children in free schools are eligible for the meals, compared with 18 percent in state schools.

The Department for Education says that half of the free schools that opened this autumn are in the poorest areas of England.

But it looks like this doesn’t mean the poorest can go to them.

Meanwhile, bosses of academy schools are awarding themselves salaries of hundreds of thousands of pounds, according to annual reports of academy chains.

Sir Bruce Liddington, boss of the E-Act academy sponsor, snatched more than £280,000 in salary, pension contributions and bonuses. One director at the Harris Federation got over £240,000.

The government hands millions of pounds to the chains that run academies every year.

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Tue 15 Nov 2011, 19:02 GMT
Issue No. 2278
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