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Seven new 'Free Schools' set for Yorkshire and Humber

More than 100 new free schools have been approved to open in England over the

coming years, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. Seven of those will be in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

'Free Schools' are state-funded but independent of local authorities. They are established by groups including parents, teachers, faith groups and charities and have powers to decide how they spend their budgets and set their own curriculum, teaching hours and term-times.

But teaching unions have claimed that they adversely affect neighbouring schools when they open in areas with no shortage of spaces.

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