Frome Steiner school causes controversy

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The opening of the first Steiner free school in the South West, at Frome in Somerset, has prompted accusations it is a misguided use of public money.

Supporters of Steiner schools say they offer a gentler approach to education.

Free schools allow groups of local parents, teachers or charities to establish their own schools and are outside local authority control, receiving money directly from the Department for Education.

It is the first time public money has been used to set up a Steiner school and a second is due to open in Exeter next year.

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