PM: Don't use report as stick to beat free schools

David Cameron has backed free schools despite criticism. Credit: PA Wire

David Cameron has said it would be wrong to use a highly critical Ofsted report of a free school in Derby as a "stick to beat the whole free school movement".

Speaking to BBC Radio Derby, Mr Cameron said:

"Let's not use this as a stick with which to beat the whole free school movement, because actually there are now hundreds of schools in our country that are set up as free schools and on average they have more outstanding ratings and more good ratings than established schools.

"So they are good things but when it goes wrong - just as when a state school goes wrong - you've got to get in there, sort it out or close it down."

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