Free schools reproduce socio-economic inequalities, research shows

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Free schools are socially selective and reproduce socio-economic inequalities, new research by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) reveals.

The study, by Professor Becky Allen and Dr Rob Higham, analysed attendance at free schools and what impact they had on neighbouring schools for the first five annual waves of free school openings.

Free schools are schools set up by an organisation or a group of individuals, funded by the government but independent of the local authority. Despite the government arguing free schools will improve social equity, the research shows that free schools are…

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