Monday 6 February 2012

YouGov survey shows minimal support for academies and ‘free’ schools

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A new YouGov survey has asked people what their opinion is on Academies and ‘Free’ schools.

 

Only ¼ of the participants think either academies or ‘free’ schools will improve standards, with over ½ thinking they will make no difference or make them worse.

 

Are you listening Mr Gove?

 

Click here to see the YouGov survey

 

Do you think turning more schools into academies – which have the freedom to set their own rates of pay for staff and greater independence over the curriculum and their budgets – will make education standards better or worse, or will it make no difference?

 

will make standards better              27

will make standards worse             24

will make no difference                  29

don’t know                                        20

 

Do you think the creation of “Free Schools” – new state schools set up by parents, teachers or voluntary groups which are outside the control of local authorities – will make education standards better or worse, or will it make no difference?

 

will make standards better              23

will make standards worse             33

will make no difference                  23

don’t know                                        21

 

The founders who set up “Free Schools” are not able to make a profit from running them but they are allowed to commission private companies to provide services to the schools.

In principle are you in favour or against allowing free schools to commission private companies to manage their school?

 

In favour                                            28

Against                                              44

Don’t know                                        28

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