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Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced the opening of two new free schools to help pupils with complex social, emotional and mental health needs.
Councils would be given control of academies and have new powers to build more schools if Labour were elected, the party conference heard yesterday.
Free schools are failing to offer new approaches to education and are not educating enough disadvantaged children, according to researchers.
Labour will provide local authorities with the £13bn needed to repair the school estate, shadow secretary of state for education tells conference.
A total of 19 local authorities have invited applications to sponsor new free schools for children with special needs.
Local government leaders have renewed demands to be given more power over school admissions following the latest figures on parental choice.
MPs have warned the Government its system for funding new free schools is ‘increasingly incoherent’ and ‘too often poor value for money’.
The Government is due to announce a new wave of grammar schools later today that could be forced to take a quota of pupils from poorer backgrounds.
The Government today announced the approval of the ‘biggest wave’ of free schools this Parliament.
The Government yesterday announced the creation of a new public property company which will purchase sites for 500 new free schools.