Will 'free schools' improve standards?
The government in England is setting out how parents, teachers, charities and other groups can apply to set up their own "free school". Is this good for education?
Free schools will not have to follow the national curriculum but will need to provide an education that is "broad and balanced", in the same way as new academies. The schools will be independent but funded by central government.
Education Secretary Michael Gove says the schools are a way of raising achievement in areas where local authority-run schools are not providing a good quality education. But the National Union of Teachers (NUT) says the policy will create "chaos" at a local level.
Will free schools improve education standards? Will they create a two-tier system? Would you set up a free school?
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