Of course Free schools are not Free (to the taxpayer) at all – quite the opposite, in fact. And we have poor experience of Free schools in Crawley, don’t we? We are faced with a shortage of school places in Crawley and no answers from the Tories. Here’s the Labour parties comment on this Tory failure and how Labour would improve education opportunities.
Tory failure on free schools
Britain only succeeds when we use the talents of all young people. But on David Cameron’s watch, we’ve seen a widening of the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The Tory plan is failing young people and their parents, with a third of all free schools found to be underperforming, compared to less than a fifth of all state schools.
The Government is spending hundreds of millions of pounds on Free Schools in areas that already have enough school places. 83 per cent of Free Schools that opened this year were not full on opening and some have been near-empty -; a waste of resources when there is a crisis in primary school places.
The Government has already lost over £1 million on cancelled or withdrawn Free Schools that never opened. The total cost of Free Schools that have failed their Ofsted inspections is at least £50 million.
Labour has a better plan. We will target investment at areas in need of new places, allowing us to cap class sizes for five, six and seven year olds at 30 pupils or less.