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55 new free schools launch

Twice as many new free schools will start the new term this week compared with last year, as 55 open their doors for the first time.

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Labour: Free schools are 'waste of public money'

Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg has branded money free schools 'a waste of public' money.

Speaking on the Sky News Murnaghan programme, he said:

Some of the free schools opening are fully subscribed, they will be brilliant, successful schools and I wish them well.

A number of local authorities have recognised the only way to get money from this Government for a new school is to have a free school.

You've innovative teachers and headteachers opening free schools - I applaud all of that.

But the problem we have got is the Government puts all of its eggs in the basket of free schools, so when they fail it is a waste of public money.

The programme is not being tailored to those parts of the country that most need additional school places.

– Stephen Twigg, shadow education secretary

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