18 Jul 2014
Michael Gove has been removed from his post of Secretary of State for Education in the cabinet reshuffle. Free school founder Katharine Birbalsingh lamented on Twitter saying that Gove was the goose that had laid the golden eggs.
25 Jun 2014
Tristram Hunt says there’s clear water between Labour and the Conservatives over ‘for profit’ state schooling. He should be warned that the current legal structures of academies and free schools leave them vulnerable to the privateers.
23 May 2014
We’re a year away from the general election and cracks in the Coalition are showing in the Department for Education.
Lib Dems have accused Michael Gove of raiding £400m to prop up his failing free schools project. In Islington, the bill for the site for just one primary school is set to top £10m while councillors battle to preserve at least some of the land for much-needed housing. In neighbouring Tottenham, two free schools have received just 10 first choice applications between them for 120 reception places.
8 May 2014
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
The West London Free School, opened in 2011, is seeking its third Headteacher in as many years. It seems that CEO Toby Young, author of a helpful guide ‘How to Set up a Free School’, as well as the autobiographical ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’, is finding it difficult to hang on to staff at the West London Free School. Someone could write a book about it ….