News this week that a Free School has been judged to be providing an inadequate standard of education has drawn attention to some of the issues surrounding the Free Schools model.
The inspection of this school was brought forward because of concerns over teaching standards. The school had been open a year before the inspection.
The school was described as dysfunctional and inadequate in every possible way.
There will be a decision shortly on whether the school will close permanently.
Free schools, as well as being free from having to teach the National Curriculum are allowed to employ unqualified teachers, and this was highlighted as a problem at this particular school.
Teachers employed by Steiner schools are only required to have experience in a Steiner school or to have attended a Steiner Waldorf teacher training course. These training courses do not provide the qualified teacher status which is required in mainstream…
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