LABOUR ADVISER BACKS FREE SCHOOLS
Conor Ryan joins Lord Adonis in backing free schools and criticises Burnhams opposition
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.