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Create more great schools

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We will create more great schools. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure every school is a great school.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.13

Our verdict

  • We take this promise to “create more great schools” to mean either opening new schools or converting schools to academy or free school status, rather than simply improving already existing schools.
  • The latest figures show 17 new schools have opened under this administration, with a further nine under consideration for opening in 2021; 46 schools have entered the pre-opening phase since the election (meaning their proposals have received approval from the Department for Education).
  • Opening new schools does not guarantee that they will be “great”, so we must wait at least until the end of the academic year 2020-2021 to decide whether this policy is anything other than ‘in progress’.

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