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David Cameron’s announcement that the Tories will expand their free schools programme is an illustration of the bankruptcy of neo-liberal politics – or what, in education, we call the ‘GERM’ – the Global Education Reform Movement.
GERM is the name given to the global attack on our education systems. This attack is highly contagious and is spreading rapidly. It is an acronym created by the renowned Finnish Professor of Education, Dr Pasi Sahlberg and it stands for Global Education reform Movement. We are fighting GERM warfare.
David Cameron is set to announce the expansion of the free School program with proposals for a further 153 free schools. This article brings together some of the recent examples of free school problems.
Gove’s free school flagships are springing leaks at an alarming rate. Despite mounting criticism about the expense of the programme, a new free school costing £45m was revealed.
A South London 16-19 free school won’t be opening in September because the sponsor has pulled out just days after promoting itself with promises of lessons in robotics and trips to the large hadron collider in Cern. Tony Sewell, chair of governors at STEM Academy Croydon Gateway said ‘…setting up a free school is a major undertaking and at this present time we feel that we are unable to commit the level of resource required to successfully launch a new academy whilst also fully supporting STEM Academy Tech City, our existing 16-19 academy in Islington.’