AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
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Nick Clegg has thwarted plans by the education secretary, Michael Gove to allow the new generation of "free schools" to make profits in the state sector after a massive ideological battle over the coalition's education policy. The deputy prime minister will on Monday trumpet his success as one of three key victories achieved over Gove, which he says will ensure that free schools have to operate for the "whole community" and not just for "the privileged few" or for profit.
A Gove supporter said: "Gove has never had an ideological issue with profit in schools, whereas Clegg is ruling it out for ideological reasons."
· amended the admissions code from 2013 to allow free schools and academies to give priority to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds (those on free school meals).
· won a guarantee from Gove that all of the free schools set up in the next wave will either be in deprived areas or areas in need of more places, and
· The more disadvantaged children the school takes, the more money it gets.
DOGS notes that the ‘Clegg’ solution has surfaced in some of the Gonski Funding Review literature. The answer to inequities however does not involve charity, namely forcing disadvantaged children on private institutions. The answer lies in sole public funding for a genuine public system open to all children. Systems of education that discriminate against children should not receive public money.
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