Cameron defends free schools amid budget claims

David Cameron defended his Education Minister on The Andrew Marr Show.
David Cameron defended the "excellent" free schools project on The Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC / The Andrew Marr Show

David Cameron has defended his government's record on school place, after claims the Department of Education used money earmarked for school expansions to pay for a shortfall in budget for free schools.

Speaking on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister said: "Free schools are new schools in the state sector and they are an excellent innovation.

"Two-thirds of the first free schools got good or excellent ratings from Ofsted, which is actually better than equivalent schools."

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