Gove 'open mind' on for-profit Free Schools
29 May 2012
The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, revealed today that he has an 'open mind' on whether to allow Free Schools to be run for profit.
Speaking at the Leveson Inquiry, Mr Gove hinted at the tensions in the coalition over the issue of allowing for-profit operators to open and own Free Schools, saying 'there are some of my colleagues in the Coalition who are very sceptical of the benefits of profit. I have an open mind'.
Asked if it was his view that the government might eventually move to allowing for-profit operators into the Free Schools market, he said 'it's my belief that we could move to that situation...<but> ... I think we should cross that bridge when we come to it'.
Mr Gove added, under questionning, that he had not discusssed the involvement of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in running for-profit schools with anyone from the company. He said he believed that Mr Murdoch was only interested in getting involved in running a school in the UK for 'purely philanthropic' reasons.
You can watch - or read - the full appearance of Michael Gove at the Leveson Inquiry here: www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/hearing/2012-05-29pm/