Gove unveils plans for 79 more free schools

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Seventy-nine more state-funded free schools are due to open by September 2012, the Department for Education has confirmed.

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They include 21 primary schools, 33 secondary schools and eight all-through schools. There will also be one school for children aged between 16 and 19 years old.

The Government said that more than two-thirds will be set up in the 50 per cent most deprived areas of the country.

Primary schools set to open include Brighton Bilingual Primary School, which plans to teach in English for 50 per cent of the time, and Spanish for the rest of the time.

Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy will be set up by Cuckoo Hall Academy – an outstanding primary academy in Enfield. This follows the successful opening of Woodpecker Hall Free School in September.
 
School 21 – an all-age Free School in Newham will be dedicated to helping pupils from the most deprived areas.

Thirteen university technical colleges will also be established. They are acadamies for 14-19-year-olds, focusing on academic and technical education, They are sponsored by universities and employers to run specialist courses, including engineering, science and healthcare.
Some alternative provision Free Schools, special Free Schools and Studio Schools are likely to be approved later this year, ministers said.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said, ‘The people who are driving Free Schools and UTCs are true pioneers. They are leading a revolution in the education system.

 ‘These new schools allow talented and experienced people to be imaginative and bold in creating great new schools. They will offer more choice to parents in the type of education their child receives, and will raise standards in many communities where the need is great.
 ‘UTCs are also a key part of the Government’s drive to provide school leavers with the technical knowledge and skills that industry demands. This is vital for our economic growth.’

The first 24 free schools opened in September.

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