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Free school 'mismanaged' funds

A flagship Government free school has mismanaged £86,335 of public money, according to a report today by the Education Funding Agency.

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Public poll 'backs Clegg' over free schools

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has the backing of the public over his free schools views, according to a new poll. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

More than four fifths of the public (81%) agree with Nick Clegg that free schools should employ qualified teachers, according to a new poll.

Only a fifth (21%) felt that free schools should not have to follow the national curriculum, the survey for Channel 4 News found.

The programme revealed the poll results as it emerged that another free school, in Bradford, is in trouble.

While 81% of people agreed that it should be compulsory for free schools to employ qualified teachers, three quarters (75%) agreed that qualifications do not necessarily guarantee a good standard of teaching.

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