Children in playground sports lesson

Free Schools are all-ability state-funded schools set up in response to parental demand. The most important element of a great education is the quality of teaching and Free Schools will enable excellent teachers to create schools and improve standards for all children, regardless of their background.

Under the new plans it will become much easier for charities, universities, businesses, educational groups, teachers and groups of parents to get involved and start new schools. Ministers are working right across Government to remove red tape which can prevent new schools from setting up, ranging from planning laws to the Department’s own school premises rules.

Any groups interested in establishing a new Free School may contact the New Schools Network to discuss their ideas before filling out a proposal form.