James Hatts wrote:Thanks, James. I didn't realise that.I think the point that Gavin was making was that Southwark (somewhat unusually for what was then a Lib Dem led authority) encouraged all its secondary schools to become academies till there were no schools left under the aegis of the council.
In other areas of course many schools have converted to academy status (and new ones opened) but there wasn't the same wholesale drive to eliminate all LA secondaries.
James Hatts wrote:Yes, that's the issue I was referring to. Any new school we get will be a free school.The other point that needs to be borne in mind is that free schools are the only form of school the Government will allow anyone to open at the moment, so if a new school is desired or required it has to be under that particular form of funding and governance. It's a free school or no school.
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