What is a free school – planned for Spalding?

Free schools have the autonomy to deliver the curriculum in creative ways to secure higher standards, says Carol Clare.
Free schools have the autonomy to deliver the curriculum in creative ways to secure higher standards, says Carol Clare.
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Free schools are free from local authority control, but state funded.

According to Carol Clare, chief executive of the Phoenix Family of Schools Trust that is planning the bilingual free school for Spalding, free schools have the freedom to deliver the curriculum in more creative ways in order to secure higher standards.

There has been criticism of free schools’ use of unqualified staff, but Carol says teachers at Inspirar Academy will have qualified teacher status.

The trust already has a free school at Boston – and Gosberton Academy is part of the trust’s “family” of schools.

The proposal for the new school came about because of Spalding’s shortage of primary places.

The trust has approval to open a bilingual free school and hopes to make an announcement about its location by the end of the month.

It is in the process of recruiting a principal and will start to recruit teachers and other staff from January 2014.