Sunday, 8 January 2012

New trache of Free Schools announced

A new tranche of free schools has been announced by the DfE.  They have all had permission to open and proceed to the next stage before full funding is agreed.

They are:

The fat Free school
This school, sponsored by Weightwatchers, will open in Oldham and will cater for the large number of obese children in the area.  It will be set up in a specially designed building and will have wider doors and specially reinforced furniture.  The curriculum will contain extra PE sessions with the aim of achieving excellent GCSEs and significant weightloss.

The buy-one-get-one Free school
Set up on a split site, the school will have a retail specialism.  Its main sponsor will be Tesco and the school will cater for 14-16 year olds who wish to go into the retail business.

The Free wheelers school
This unique free school will not have its own building but be allowed to cycle around the country and teach wherever it decides to set up camp for the night.  A strong emphasis on geography and outdoor learning will be amongst its key features.

The Free Nelson Mandela School
Named after the most famous political prisoner, this school will be sponsored by Amnesty International.  Pupils will gain an understanding of the geopolitical context of the world.

Following claims from various organisations, the DfE have made it clear that there is no such thing as the Free Lunch School.  The application for the Free Love School has been rejected following concerns expressed by Nadine Torres MP - though the DfE are investigating whether an Adult Education version can be established for MPs.  They have also criticised the new free school proposed by Antony Worrall-Tompson and do not believe that Scott Free sends the right message.

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