Gove 'open mind' on for-profit Free Schools

29 May 2012

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, revealed today that he has an 'open mind' on whether to allow Free Schools to be run for profit.  

Speaking at the Leveson Inquiry, Mr Gove hinted at the tensions in the coalition over the issue of allowing for-profit operators to open and own Free Schools, saying 'there are some of my colleagues in the Coalition who are very sceptical of the benefits of profit. I have an open mind'.

Asked if it was his view that the government might eventually move to allowing for-profit operators into the Free Schools market, he said 'it's my belief that we could move to that situation...<but> ...  I think we should cross that bridge when we come to it'.

Mr Gove added, under questionning, that he had not discusssed the involvement of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in running for-profit schools with anyone from the company. He said he believed that Mr Murdoch was only interested in getting involved in running a school in the UK for 'purely philanthropic' reasons. 

You can watch - or read - the full appearance of Michael Gove at the Leveson Inquiry here: www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/hearing/2012-05-29pm/

 


User Comments

Nick von Behr - 29 May 2012

Free Schools - you be the judge

The Leveson Inquiry was a bit surreal today with a series of questions about Free Schools at which point the legal minds got bored and moved on to other things. I found Gove's explanation of the rationale for them the clearest one I have heard so far and he gave credit to Tony Blair for Academies and the previous Tory administration for establishing CTCs and Grant-Maintained Schools. But what overall impact will they have on education in England? Perhaps a more difficult question to answer than how to curb unruly press barons. You be the judge.

Dave Peck - 29 May 2012

Gove & free schools

What's the difference between 'open-minded' on free schools & 'in favour'? Open-minded implies for profit will be allowed.
Priority should surely be optimising educational outcomes not profits!

Stan Terry - 30 May 2012

Free schools and profit!

Mr Gove.! What can you say. A man who views a market economy as being the answer to everything. Education let me market decide! health service let the market decide. Gove makes no sense at all. He talks great concerns about raisisng standards by introducing competetion,but when his pet project "academies" runs into the sand" and don't appear to be raising standards, is there a support mechanism/solution to bringing them back on track? Well apparently not. No LA support, not support from the Government, perhaps his solution is to let them fail and encourage parents( sorry customers) go elsewhere. Perfect market economics. But what if there is no where else available, which may be the case in many rural areas! What about life chances for those children? Oh well I suppose some budding entrepreneur of a Parent could always set up a Bus service to move hundreds of kids to a new location. The man is beyond belief. Still how long will he remain in the job, surely he is wangling a new role in the Conservative Party as we write. That's market economics for you, make a killing and then move on to something even more lucrtaive. I beleive his wife when he became education Secretary warned that he would be a nightmare and so he is proving. Children having their futures dashed on the alter of Capitalist economics. Frankly I despair or pehaps I should buy shares in an Academy chain? Is thta possisble? No well time for a proper market place philosophy to be introduced. Now there is a thought.

non-plagiarized college statement - 19 Feb 2015

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this is such a great school for poor people because they charge only their limited fees with out any extra profit i really appreciate these type of school.

non-plagiarized college statement - 19 Feb 2015

profit Free Schools

this is such a great school for poor people because they charge only their limited fees with out any extra profit i really appreciate these type of school.

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