More than 100 new free schools have been approved to open in England over the
coming years, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. Seven of those will be in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
'Free Schools' are state-funded but independent of local authorities. They are established by groups including parents, teachers, faith groups and charities and have powers to decide how they spend their budgets and set their own curriculum, teaching hours and term-times.
But teaching unions have claimed that they adversely affect neighbouring schools when they open in areas with no shortage of spaces.
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Very misty, grey, cool day on Tuesday. Some rain on Wednesday. Frost-free nights in general, but not especially warm by day
Mist at the coast should lift readily this morning, but extensive overnight mist may linger through the south and east of the region
A cold front out in the North Sea is sitting across parts of the region and giving lots of cloud and some patchy rain, especially in the SE