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Build more free schools

Last updated 4 years ago

And we will continue to build more free schools.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.13

Our verdict

  • This is a pledge to “continue” building free schools, extending a policy that has been in place since 2010. 
  • Since the 2019 election, 17 new schools have opened and 47 proposed schools have moved from the application stage to the pre-opening phase.
  • The ‘free school presumption‘ legislation means the vast majority of these new schools will be free schools, so this policy is ‘done’.

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