Michael Gove has introduced ‘free’ schools into the English education system. These are schools which are independent of the Local Authority and can be set up by parents, charities or businesses. 24 opened in September 2011 and 55 are due to open in 2012.
‘Free’ schools originated in Sweden. Unfortunately for Gove, Swedish ‘free’ schools have had a stream of bad press recently.
Here we summarise the experiences and problems that Swedish ‘free’ schools have had and their impact on the Swedish education system.