Free school fiascos flag up government planning failures

When it comes to discussing the logistical challenges – and failures – of the UK government, it seems there is only one story worth covering right now. But I wonder if the struggles of a policy from the field I write about, education, might be reflective of some weak spots in the battle against coronavirus.

The education initiative to which I’m referring is free schools. In a more rational world, and one which were not currently so focused, rightly of course, on beating the virus, more attention would be directed towards the detailed record of this reform.

As the years pass since 2010, when the fresh Conservative-led government launched its drive to allow new schools to be set up by community groups and academy chains, the fiascos continue steadily to pile up.

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