NASUWT COMMENTS ON PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE REPORT INTO FREE SCHOOLS
Commenting on the report Establishing Free Schools, published today by the Public Accounts Committee, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The NASUWT has been consistently raising the risks to both the public purse and to democratic accountability since the Coalition Government’s free schools programme was first established.
“The Public Accounts Committee report exemplifies what happens when ideology is allowed to drive policy, rather than the needs of children and young people and the public interest.
“Despite millions of pounds of public money being poured into free schools, the financial processes remain a secret garden.
“It is scandalous that the only way details of the funding are emerging is through whistleblowing, rather than these accounts being readily available for public scrutiny.
“The financing of free schools is yet another example of public money being used to line the pockets of privateers and marketeers, rather than ensuring taxpayers’ money is being spent on supporting the education of children and young people.”