establishing free schools NAO report Dec 2013


The National Audit Office's report Establishing Free Schools was published in December 2013. Comments from Andy Morse, head of the NAO were that:

“It is still early days in the Free Schools programme but the Department for Education has made clear progress by opening 174 schools, many at relatively low cost. Despite limitations in information, it is also improving its approach with each successive wave of proposals but will need to tackle a rising cost trend as the programme continues to grow. The programme’s success and value for money ultimately depend on how Free Schools perform but lessons must be learned systematically from problems that have arisen in a few early wave schools, especially where these have revealed failures in governance and control.”

The full report can be found at: