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Swedish free schools – segregation and division?

Swedish for-profit free schools have been accused of contributing to the increasing segregation of Swedish society. Critics of the policy approach the question of segregation – or more broadly disparity of educational experience and outcome – in two distinctly different ways.

Assessing the free-school effect at a system wide level

Evaluation of system-wide impact of choice and competition on educational outcomes is a difficult task.

Academy performance

Academies are supposed to be using their autonomy to deliver innovative approaches to improving the teaching and learning environment. So what about Personalised Learning? The Department for Education does not in fact collect institution level data on curricula or learning plans.

A time to plant ...

DfE data tells us that in the period 1995-2006 the number of schools with between 1,000 and 1,499 pupils rose by 35% and the number with between 1,500 and 1,999 by 124%. Following DCSF guidance of this period, local authorities sought to offset this expansion by reducing the capacity of schools unable to offer comparable economies of scale.

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