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Labour promise more freedom to state schools

Labour is promising to give state schools in England more freedom over what they teach, if it wins the next election.

Only academies and free schools can do that at the moment.

The party had previously warned that too many academies would devalue the concept.

But the Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg said that there would be no more free schools opened by a Labour government - although existing free schools would be allowed to stay open.

Reeta Chakrabarti reports.

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