LABOUR ADVISER BACKS FREE SCHOOLS

LABOUR ADVISER BACKS FREE SCHOOLS

Conor Ryan joins Lord Adonis in backing free schools and criticises Burnhams opposition

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Hot on the tails of Lord Adonis’ support for free schools (providing they are non-selective that is) Conor Ryan, David Blunketts adviser, when he was Education Secretary,  has come out  in support of  Free schools. He says on his blog “We should not scorn these projects: each represents the vision of their promoters and can offer extra diversity in their communities” although he questions their importance for the reform agenda. Ryan wonders why Andy Burnham, Labour’s education spokesman, has set himself  so against free schools.  “His opposition is as ridiculous as the elaborate claims being made by their enthusiasts on the other side. Free schools may offer a useful addition to the educational landscape, they may provide a little extra competition (and a few planning headaches for some councils). And they may give their pupils and parents a sense that state education can meet their needs,” he writes.

http://conorfryan.blogspot.com/2011/02/slow-progress-on-free-schools.html

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2 thoughts on “LABOUR ADVISER BACKS FREE SCHOOLS

  1. Having worked on the very first BSF project and very many subsequently, I can only stand back and admire all those groups who have grasped the Free School nettle, with optimism and energy. They’ll need it!

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