NASUWT: Nick Clegg’s free schools speech “too little, too late”

Commenting on Nick Clegg’s speech on free schools today, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said this:

“Today's appeal by the Deputy Prime Minister urging that free schools should be inclusive and should not be run for profit is welcome but may be too little too late.

“The sad fact is that the Coalition Government is moving full steam ahead with an Education Bill which will allow all free schools and academies to apply their own rules to select pupils and to make a profit out of children's education.

“If the Deputy Prime Minister wants to be trusted on education, he should call on the Education Secretary to abandon clauses in the Education Bill which would give more freedom to free schools and academies to adopt their own admissions rules and to charge for education.

“The Deputy Prime Minister needs to demonstrate he has the courage of his convictions by stopping the divisive Education Bill.”

Stuart Gannon
NASUWT Press Office

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