Free schools must be allowed to make a profit if they are to grow in number, the founder of one of the schools says today. Toby Young predicts that under the current rules there will be no more than a few hundred free schools opened by 2015, with only a “fraction” run by parent or teacher groups.
He says that is unlikely to have a significant impact on public education in the country. “But several thousand could create a sustainable revolution.”
It comes as sources told The Times that David Cameron and Michael Gove are warming to the idea of opening the door to profit-making providers. However, they know that would only be possible under a Conservative-only Government. A Lib Dem source said their party would not “accept the privatisation of state education”.
Mr Young makes his argument in the chapter of a report, published today by the Institute of Economic Affairs.
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