Are free schools using innovative approaches?: research report

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Great Britain. Department for Education
Department for Education
Date of publication
1 September 2014
Research report RR286
Education and Skills, Children and Young People, Disabled people
Social welfare
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This report explores how free schools make use of the freedoms available to them and work with other schools as part of a self-improving, school-led system.

The resulting research shows two key things. Firstly, that free schools are bringing new ideas and approaches to the school system: two thirds offer an alternative to the national curriculum in some or all subjects; around half have an extended school day; and a similar proportion operate different term dates and lengths to other schools in the area. Secondly, it reveals that free schools are not working in isolation but are collaborating with and supporting other local schools, helping to fulfil the government’s vision of a self-improving, school-led system.

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