“If 90% of businesses and 50% of marriages fail, why should a Free School be any different?”
This is the question with which Laura McInerney opens this short-book. By the end, any Free School founder should be equipped with the questions they need to ask if they are to avoid failure. “The 6 Predictable Failures of Free Schools… and how to avoid them” draws on the research of American academic Seymour Sarason to identify the key challenges faced by Charter and Free Schools. It explores the most common pitfalls and lays out clear recommendations for potential founders on how to avoid them. It also provides a constructively critical approach to the Free Schools debate and as such will be valuable to anyone interested in recent developments in UK education policy.
“Extremely useful. ‘The 6 Predictable Failures…’ certainly changed my thinking and helped me to clarify my plans. This report is essential reading for anyone thinking about setting up a Free School and for all those interested in the debate.”
Adam Nichols – Free School Founder, CEO Changemakers Foundation
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