Education Secretary Michael Gove has today approved 102 new free school applications to open in 2014 and beyond, delivering around 50,000 new school places. One of the schools given the go-ahead will be in Doncaster.
Free schools are state-funded schools independent of local authority control. They are run by teachers. They have the freedom to decide the length of the school day and term, the curriculum, and how they reward their teachers and spend their money
The XP School in Doncaster is a teacher-led proposal drawing on the practices of charter schools in the USA.