Anita Anand asks what impact the government's plans for free schools and new academies are having on the ground. Is our education system becoming more divided? She travels to the Bristol Free School, near Westbury-on-Trym, and asks what impact its arrival has had on its neighbours. She also asks what impact the new academy programme has had on those schools which are still in the state-maintained sector. Have academies benefited financially from opting out of the state sector? And how are disadvantaged pupils likely to be affected by coalition education plans?

Blair King, Chair of Governors, Bristol Free School
Barbara Janke, Lib Dem leader of Bristol City Council
Linda Tanner, Bristol Evening Post
Zenna Atkins, MD Wey education
Richard Brown, Headteacher, Urswick School

Melissa Benn, Local Schools Network
James Groves, Policy Exchange
Nick Gibb, Schools Minister

Producer : Rosamund Jones.

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