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New school year sees number of free schools double

The Prime Minister and Education Secretary Michael Gove announce the opening of 93 new free schools.

As the new school year kicks off, the Prime Minister and Education Secretary Michael Gove welcomed the 93 new free schools opening their doors this month, bringing the total number of free schools to 174 – more than twice as many as this time last year.

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The government is committed to providing all parents with a diverse choice of high-quality local schools. Previously, the freedom to choose has only been available to parents with the money to send their children to independent schools or pay more for a house in the catchment area of a good state school. As well as free schools, 13 studio schools and 12 university technical colleges (UTCs) will also open across the country this month. Together, these new schools will provide young people with the academic and vocational routes that suit them best and will create an education system to compete with the world’s best.) will also open across the country this month. Together, these new schools will provide young people with the academic and vocational routes that suit them best and will create an education system to compete with the world’s best.

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