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Parents not behind ne Free Schools.

Parents not behind ne Free Schools.

Parent groups have only been behind about one in five of the free schools that have been opened, say researchers.

The flagship policy, launched under the coalition government, was meant to bring innovation and more parental choice to schools in England.

But Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, which carried out the free school study, said "very few are fulfilling that original purpose".

The Department for Education said free schools were raising standards.

The study, from the Sutton Trust social mobility charity and the National Foundation for Educational Research, says new free schools are now much more likely to be created by expanding academy trusts.

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