An additional 102 new free schools have been given the go-ahead to open in England in 2012, it has been announced.
Free schools, a flagship policy of the current government, have received mixed views since they were first introduced in September 2011.
There are currently 24 of them throughout the country, but such is the government's commitment to the project, this number is set to soar over the next year.
As a result, there is soon to be a free school in nearly every local authority.
Prime minister David Cameron is, of course, a vocal advocate of the free schools concept and in a speech later today (July 14th), he will argue that they represent "everything that is good about the revolution that we are bringing to Britain's schools".
"Choice for parents. Power in the hands of teachers. Discipline. Rigour. High quality education in areas that are crying out for more good local schools," Mr Cameron will say.
The government has confirmed that in addition to the 24 free schools in operation at the moment, a further 50 or so will be opened in September 2012. And in 2013, this number will rise even further, with 102 new free schools set to open.
Rachel Wolf, director of the New Schools Network, observed that there is now "huge momentum" behind the free schools idea.
"Today's announcement sees the free schools movement well on its way to delivering a great new school for every community," she commented.
Despite this, the move towards introducing more free schools has failed to satisfy the teaching unions, including Christine Blower, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers.
"Free schools are neither wanted nor needed," she told the BBC.
"Education secretary Michael Gove should come clean and admit that both his free schools and academy programme is about the privatisation of our education system."
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