Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt criticises plans for a Steiner Free School in Stroud

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt visited Archway School this afternoon

SNJ reporter Chris Warne interviews Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt during his visit to Archway School

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SHADOW Education Secretary Tristram Hunt hit out at plans for a Steiner Free School in Stroud during a visit this afternoon.

Mr Hunt joined Labour's parlimentary candidate for Stroud David Drew on a tour of Archway with the school's headteacher Colin Belford.

Mr Hunt said he was in favour of free schools in principle but only in areas where there are a shortage of places.

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10:54am Sat 1 Mar 14

janee says...

I resigned from the Labour Party directly as a result of Tristram Hunt's support for "free" schools. Those which have opened have failed at a higher rate than community schools and have wasted millions which could have been used more usefully to support pupils. Hunt should be campaigning for local authorities to be able to open new schools where there is a need and for there to be democratically accountable planning for admissions. At the moment, the only planning in education is a centralised drive for privatising the system and creaming off money from the classroom in private pockets. The rest is increasingly randomised - not good for the future prosperity of the country.
I resigned from the Labour Party directly as a result of Tristram Hunt's support for "free" schools. Those which have opened have failed at a higher rate than community schools and have wasted millions which could have been used more usefully to support pupils. Hunt should be campaigning for local authorities to be able to open new schools where there is a need and for there to be democratically accountable planning for admissions. At the moment, the only planning in education is a centralised drive for privatising the system and creaming off money from the classroom in private pockets. The rest is increasingly randomised - not good for the future prosperity of the country. janee
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9:14pm Sun 2 Mar 14

A Stroud Worm says...

He looks like he's having trouble remembering his script. Not convincing.
He looks like he's having trouble remembering his script. Not convincing. A Stroud Worm
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