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Free school parents protest

Parents of children due to start at a new free school in Bradford are staging a protest. They are angry that the government has pulled funding for the One In A Million school just days before it was due to open at Valley Parade.

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Free school funding pull 'a fiasco'

A decision to withdraw Government funding from a free school in Bradford just a week before it was due to open has been described as an "utter fiasco".

Around 30 pupils were enrolled to start at the One in a Million school next week.

But the Department for Education (DfE) announced that the project will not receive funding although a DfE spokeswoman said they hoped the charity-run One in a Million school would still be able to open next year.

Ralph Berry, Bradford Council's executive member for children and young people's services, called for an investigation.

Who made these decisions, how and why? We're not being told. There has to be some further investigation into how this was done. It's an utter fiasco. I found out that, despite the parents having bought the uniforms and the kids meeting their teachers, the Department for Education were pulling the plug and pulling their funding. The parents are very upset. Who's going to reimburse these parents?"

– Cllr Ralph Berry, Bradford Council

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