Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Young: I Was Arrogant over Running School

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Young: I Was Arrogant over Running School

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Byline: Anna Davis Education Editor

TOBY YOUNG today admitted running a free school is more difficult than he thought as he prepares to step down as CEO of the West London Free School trust.

Mr Young admitted he had been "arrogant" to presume schools could improve just by having high expectations and said he regrets criticising teachers, state schools and local education authorities.

He set up the flagship West London Free School in Hammersmith in 2011, and the trust also now runs three other local schools.

Mr Young wants to spend more time as a journalist but will stay on as a director of the WLFS academy trust in a voluntary role. He has advised his successor to "fly under the radar" instead of making public statements about education. In an interview with Schools Week newspaper he said: "There are a lot of things I regret.

"I was very critical of England's public education system under the last Labour government, and I hadn't grasped how difficult it is to do better, and to bring about system-wide improvement. …

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