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Friday, 3 June 2011

The Story Behind the Bristol Free School - Part One

While much of the local media's attention around the opening of the Bristol Free School in September 2011 has understandably concentrated on the practical issues of where it will be, when it will open and who can gain admission to the school, the wider back-story remains to be told.

In particular, little has been written about the partners for the new school - the Russell Education Trust.

Over the next few postings to Trym Tales, I will attempt to explore this group, who will be the official partners for the Bristol Free School. I will attempt to address some key questions about the Russell Education Trust such as

  • who they are
  • who owns and runs the trust
  • what their powers are and how they are derived
  • what other education work they are involved in
  • what their history may suggest about their future role in the Bristol Free School

It is a story that in many ways acts as a useful case study, taking us to the heart of the government's education philosophy. Understanding the back story to the Bristol Free School will help parents understand the wider changes in educational policy and practice that the Free School and Academy movements represent.
Watch this space for further developments.

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