Magazine article The Spectator

Everyone Gains

Magazine article The Spectator

Everyone Gains

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How unexpected for the Leveson inquiry ined this week, he let slip that profit-making schools are a bridge to be crossed, implying that they will be established in time.

This is an excellent development. Though people have an understandable wariness about profit-making schools, it's an unfounded anxiety. Some of the best schools in the world are run for a profit - and they use the money not to feather nests, but to expand and improve. In Sweden, profit-seeking schools have been opening at a much faster rate than Britain's free schools, often in the communities that need them most.

The distressing truth is that this country is in urgent need of more schools - especially primaries. England needs 410 new primaries each year just to keep up with the rising tide of pupil numbers, and so far, Gove's 'Free S chools' revolution has failed to deliver. …

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