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How To Set Up a Free School (Penguin Specials) (Penguin Shorts/Specials) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069YVXA2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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An easy to digest wealth of information . The quintessential guide required for those intending to open a Free school.
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The Aspire Free school
Kent
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I have spent quite a bit of my time recently fighting several free school proposals in Suffolk that I think are not needed and have had the occasional "exchange of views" with Toby Young on Twitter. In some respects it is probably as well some of the free school proposers did not read this book as they would not have made some of the mistakes they have! This is a very practical and "chatty" book in typical Toby Young style. He tells the story of how he set up the West London Free School with lots of tips and tricks along the way.

Put it this way if you had the choice of this book or the official DfE guidance then this book is much more informative and easy to read - although someone will have to wade through the formal bid documents at some point.

Strangely Toby and I seem to agree on one point that free schools should be set up by local groups rather than large corporates and this book is really helpful for any such group to guide them through the minefield of administration.

So if you want to set up a free school, oppose free schools or are just curious then I recommend this book. It costs £2 which is very reasonable!
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Some would consider this short but given the fluid landscape in education I prefer the lack of technical detail which would be out of date in a month. It is an inspiring yet sobering read for anyone who's thinking of setting up a free school or like me just wanting to know more. A must read if you're in this field!
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Say what you want about Toby's politics, the guy is still an articulate genius!

Hat's off to him for being the lightning rod for the entire Free School program, and handling the flack with wit and courage.
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