Charlotte Santry

‘Scandal’ of £75m ‘wasted’ on temporary free schools

Use of short-term buildings for flagship policy threatens standards, Labour warns

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Six years on from the first free school opening, the controversial policy is here to stay, with hundreds more planned. But new and worrying issues are emerging about where they will be housed.

The government is ploughing billions of pounds into the flagship programme, and has set up a separate company specifically to buy up hundreds of sites and buildings for the schools. However, Tes has learned that, despite the substantial investment, the Department for Education expects that 150 of the free-school sites bought by its property company, LocatED, will, by 2019, be only temporary.

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