‘David Cameron’s failing free school programme is damaging school standards – too many are failing their Ofsted inspections, one third have employed unqualified teachers and a complete lack of local oversight is allowing underperformance in these schools to go unchecked for far too long.
‘Labour would end the flawed free schools programme and reverse Cameron’s decision to allow unqualified teachers in our schools.’
The report by Ofsted on Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland was pretty damning. ‘Staff have been employed based on personal connections to existing members of staff or acquaintances from previous schools. In such cases, there has been no effort to secure suitable references about the quality of their work,” the report said.
Some pupils told inspectors they did not feel safe at the school and had little confidence in the school’s handling of bullying, while inspectors saw younger pupils left unsupervised during breaks.
‘[The] use of use of derogatory language relating to race or sexual orientation persists because the curriculum does not teach pupils about equality, diversity and the need to be tolerant and respectful towards those who are different to themselves,’ the inspectors reported.
Once again the entire ‘free school’ project has been thrown into question and the sooner it ends the better it will be for all our young people.