12 April 2017
Commenting on the latest announcement from Government of approval for another 131 free schools to open in England, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“At a time when the majority of schools are struggling to survive the decision to pour tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money into free schools, for some to be sponsored by grammar schools is indefensible. Clearly the Government has no concern whatsoever about the hundreds of head teachers and the thousands of parents that have spoken out against school funding cuts.
“Barely a day goes by without some parliamentary committee, survey or report emerging about the desperate plight of schools. In its manifesto the Government said ‘the money following your child to school would be protected,’ but that turns out to be simply untrue. Government should correct that immediately, by funding our schools properly.
“Free schools and grammar schools do not address the school place crisis, often opening in areas of no need, while grammar schools will simply widen the social achievement gap. A national state education system needs to be run for the benefit of all pupils, not just a select few. Yet again the Government is demonstrating that it has the wrong priorities for education, children and young people.”