October 13, 2013
Tristram Hunt signals Labour policy shift on free schools (Nicholas Watt, 10/13/13, theguardian.com)
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 13, 2013 9:22 AMTristram Hunt has signalled a major change of approach in Labour's education policy by declaring that parents and social entrepreneurs will be able to open free schools in areas of need.In a sign of Labour's determination to show it is open to reform and to upholding high academic standards, the new shadow education secretary described the recent OECD report that highlighted poor standards as a "wakeup call". [...]Hunt said: "If you are a group of parents, a group of social entrepreneurs, teachers interested in setting up a school in areas where you need new schools then the Labour government will be on your side. We are in favour of enterprise and innovation.
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