Gary Gibbon blogs on Nick Clegg’s interview with Channel 4 News – where the Liberal Democrat leader is asked about the government’s free schools policy and stance on tuition fees.
Free schools debate
Laura McInerney, a former teacher and the editor of Schools Week, and Toby Young, the journalist and director of the New Schools Network, a charity for groups wanting to set up free schools.
More money for free schools in Budget
The Government is to make £320m pounds available to fund 140 new free schools in England. And that could pave the way for some of the new schools to become selective grammar schools.
FactCheck: do the Conservatives give young people the best start?
The Conservatives are urging their supporters to “share the facts” about the party’s achievements in government. Should that be “share the fiction?”
FactCheck Q&A: how bad are British schools?
Britain’s education system appears to be stuck in a rut while our Asian competitors surge ahead. FactCheck investigates.
FactCheck: are free schools better?
Labour say an education minister has given false information to parliament in an effort to defend free schools. It’s a serious accusation. Can FactCheck cut through the bluster?
FactCheck: are free schools failing to open in areas of need?
Has the government’s revolutionary free schools movement failed by opening schools where there is already a surplus of places? FactCheck swots up on the facts.
FactCheck: Will Free Schools serve the deprived masses or the privileged few?
Nick Clegg claims half of the 24 Free Schools opening are in the 30 per cent worst off areas in England. Is he right – what are these schools and are they opening in deprived areas? FactCheck gets its red pen out.
Is the academy programme the answer for failing schools?
Are academies the magic bullet that will save Britain’s failing schools? FactCheck hit the books…
Free Schools: revolution or retreat?
FactCheck reveals that just eight Free Schools in England have the final go-ahead to open in September 2011, with a further 16 awaiting funding approval. Will poorer students benefit as planned? FactCheck investigates the schools set to open.
FactCheck: who benefits from the new schools admission code?
The claim “This Code will make it easier for some parents – like those setting up free schools – to get the school they want, but by weakening the system overall, it will make it harder for the majority of parents.”
Do Swedish free schools mean higher standards?
The Conservative policy of “free schools” has been widely discussed but what is the evidence the Tories use to say this is the way forward for the education system?