Schools: Management

Education written question – answered on 21st July 2010.

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Photo of James Wharton James Wharton Conservative, Stockton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what safeguards he plans to put in place to prevent inappropriate groups from being approved to manage the proposed free schools; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Free School proposers will be subject to a rigorous vetting process at the proposal stage, including an enhanced CRB check and background suitability checks. Individuals may be prohibited from taking part in the management of a Free School on grounds relating to misconduct.

The Secretary of State will consider each proposal on its merits and take into account all matters relevant to that proposal and will generally reject any proposers who advocate violence, intolerance, hatred or whose ideology runs counter to the UK's democratic values.

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