Cam: Free schools work
David Cameron has said there is "clear and unambiguous" evidence that free schools work and parents and teachers want more of them.
The Prime Minister spoke from Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy in north London, alongside Education Secretary Michael Gove, who today gave the green light to 100 more free schools in England. Mr Cameron said:
"Free schools symbolise everything that is good about the revolution that we are bringing to Britain's schools. Choice for parents, power in the hands of teachers, discipline and rigour and high quality education in areas that are crying out for more good local schools.
"The message from the first two years is clear and unambiguous. Free schools work and parents and teachers want more of them."
But NUT general secretary Christine Blower responded by calling the model "damaging and unmanageable".
"There is no justification for the systematic dismantling of the English education system that we are currently witnessing. We cannot allow something as vital as a free and fair education for all to slip through our fingers unnoticed. The consequences will be extraordinarily damaging, never mind unmanageable."
Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg said his party supports the new schools, and wished them "every success".
"However the Government must ensure these are in places where there is real demand from parents and a need for new places," he added.
"The first duty of the Education Secretary is to ensure there are enough school places. So the free schools need to be in the right areas of the country, not just approved in a haphazard way."