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Blackburn with Darwen union slams 'unnecessary expense' of free schools
10:16am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A NATIONAL Union of Teachers representative has slammed the opening of more free schools as an ‘unnecessary expense’.
It comes 93 free schools, including the Olive School and The Heights Free School, both in Blackburn, were given permission to open this September.
Simon Jones, Blackburn with Darwen representative for the NUT, said: “At a time when there is a chronic shortage of school places around parts of the country, in particular at primary level, many are being opened where there is already a surplus of school places. “This is a clear dereliction of duty by government.
“State education needs to be coherently planned and organised.
“The money and energy that is being put into Free Schools is simply wrong.
“It is difficult to see the logic of throwing yet more money at a system which clearly does not provide a magic solution to educational standards.”
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