Labour to promise councils new powers over academies and free schools

Labour is preparing proposals to give councils new powers over academies and free schools in their area. Key figures in the party believe there is not enough scrutiny over spending, too much wastage and a lack of joined-up planning over how education is provided within boroughs. It comes as schooling is set to be a major battle-ground with the Conservatives following Theresa May’s plan to allow new selective grammar schools to open. Jeremy Corbyn has consistently opposed moves to allow more schools in England to gain academy status, which means…

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