Schools: Faith Schools and Free Schools — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:06 pm on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Massey of Darwen Baroness Massey of Darwen Labour 3:06 pm, 28th January 2015

I thank the Minister for that response, but is he aware that a recent Ofsted report described a free school as follows:

“any teaching or learning going on at the school is purely incidental … Student achievement is weak … Standards are low …one of the worst schools”,

that they have inspected, and criticised bullying and discrimination? It seems evident that there must have been some lack of organisation in setting up that school. Is it worth risking children’s achievement and well-being for an educational whim?