There's an article in our local paper about a group of parents starting up a school equidistant to two Ofsted classified 'Outstanding' schools; in a lovely affluent area. They want their school to offer small class sizes and more 1-1 teaching.
I just don't understand how this would work; isn't it getting private school 'advantages' paid for by the state?! Can anyone enlighten me?!
A free school gets the same amount of money per pupil as an academy. That is a little more than a state school receives because a free school, like an academy, has to provide some things itself that a state school receives from the LA. However the LA retains funding for some services which it provides to academies/free schools.
They're pretty much the same as academies, except that academies are established schools and free schools are new schools.
No one can predict what future govts will do, but there will be so many free schools and academies by the time govts change that it won't be feasible to close them down - because then all those kids will have to go to maintained schools, and there won't be enough places for them.....