Boris Johnson gives the go-ahead for 30 new free schools, creating more than 20,000 new places

Boris Johnson gives the go-ahead for 30 new free schools, creating more than 20,000 new places

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BORIS Johnson will on Tuesday unveil plans to create thousands of new school places across England.

The PM said he is determined to see every child have access to the best education as he gives the go ahead to 30 new free schools.

England is facing one of its worst shortages of school places in decades
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The schools boost is expected to create over 20,000 new places across the country.

It comes after the PM announced a bumper £14.5billion cash injection into schools over the next four years.

Mr Johnson said: “Every child should have access to a good school place, no matter their background or where they live.

“Free schools help to ensure children are getting the best education possible – offering exceptional teaching, encouraging strong discipline and providing families with more choices.

“I want to see even more of these excellent schools open, particularly in areas most in need of more good and outstanding school places.”

Boris is splashing the cash as the Tories gear up for a snap election, expected to be called later next month.

‘TRANSFORMING EDUCATION’

England is facing one of its worst shortages of school places in decades.

Last week, the Local Government Association warned half of all councils will not have enough places by 2025 under current projections.

Free schools are set up by parents and local communities, and free from council control.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our free schools programme, introduced nearly a decade ago, is transforming education for children all over the country, wherever they live and whatever their ability.


“Our reforms have backed the innovative and trailblazing school leaders who are running great schools up and down the country.

“I want to harness that expertise and use it in the areas where there is still more to do, including the alternative provision and special school sectors.”

But the National Education Union said the cash would have been better off being spent on council-run schools.


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