Well as you may have noticed on the roads this morning, it was back to school for many across the region today. But for some, it was an entirely new type of school
Free schools are state-funded, have the freedom to set their own curriculum and can be set up by parents and community groups.
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Ties are handed out at one of the first new free schools in our region. Our correspondents Christine Alsford and Sarah Saunders will be reporting today on free schools setting up in Meridian West and East.
We're visiting the latest free schools to open in our region today - four of the 55 opening this term will be in the south.
Here, pupils are starting classes at Oakbank School, Ryeish Green, near Reading.