Free schools

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3414
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Are you concerned that the growth of free schools will give religious groups access to public funds, to enable them to create school environments which endorse sexist attitudes and discrimination against homosexuals? Will your criteria for supporting free schools rule out those which clearly discriminate in this way?

Answer

Answer for Free schools

Answer for Free schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No. The Department for Education has clear standards about what attitudes will not be tolerated: applications to establish schools that undermine fundamental British values will not be successful. Any school - free or otherwise - found breaching these standards is subject to intervention by Ofsted.