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 Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education 3:06 pm, 28th January 2015

My Lords, we have a rigorous approach to setting up new schools. They will not all work. We have closed a couple of free schools, with a total number of 200 pupils. Although that is very serious for those pupils and their parents, that compares with getting on for a quarter of a million new free school places that we will introduce under the free school UTC and studio school programme. Of the 87 pre-warning notices that this Government have issued to academies, more than 60% have been to sponsors approved by the previous Government, so it is clear that setting up new schools is not entirely straightforward.