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Free Schools are 'driving up standards'

By Wesleyan

Teachers in Free Schools are helping to drive up education standards for children throughout the communities they are situated in, a new report suggests.

The study by experts at the Policy Exchange think-tank says it is thought the competition generated by Free Schools is helping to push up standards at other primary and secondary schools.

Researchers analysed the results achieved by pupils at the three nearest similar schools to 171 Free Schools across the country, both before and after they were opened.

They found that apart from in 2010, the opening of a Free School was associated with better results being achieved by 11-year-olds at the lowest-performing nearby primary schools.

Among older pupils, those at all secondary schools with below-average results saw GCSE performances improve after a Free School was opened in the same area.

The research looked at the number of secondary school students getting at least five GCSEs - including maths and English - at grades A*-C, and the proportion of 11-year-olds achieving Level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2.

Copyright Press Association 2015

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