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Should we be building more state primary schools?

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OneFootInTheGrave Report 18 May 2013 11:17

In an article in the Guardian it is reported that the number of state primary schools with more than 1,000 pupils has risen by 60% in the past three year, and one commentator suggests that we should be building more schools, not fitting more children on to already squeezed sites.

In the article it is also alleged that the government's new "free schools" are opening in areas where there are a surplus of places.

This article makes me ask three questions:-

1) Should we be building more state primary schools?

2) Is the Secretary of State - Michael Gove's obsession with free schools siphoning money away from existing local schools?

3) Will these free schools eventually lead to social divisions/tiers in the provision of primary school education?