Simon Burgess and Rebecca Allen

Free schools: what are they good for?

As the first tranche of free schools are rolled out this week, how far can we expect them to raise overall educational standards? Read more

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Why academies could do better, by Simon Burgess and Rebecca Allen

Much of the media comment on today’s National Audit Office’s (NAO) report on academies has rightly focused on issues of governance and financial management. But, digging a little deeper, we are less optimistic than the NAO – less optimistic that the academy programme has had a direct impact on the improvement of deprived and very poorly performing schools and less optimistic that these schools are no longer avoided by the middle class. Read more...

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