Last week the Department of Education listed 35 free school proposals that are "approved to business case stage." The list now has 40. New ones have been added for Reading, Greenwich, Cornwall, Suffolk and Southwark.

There I steady news of promising proposals not on the list yet. A free school is proposed for Swanage in Dorset. Last August I went on holiday with my family to Studland, which is just next to it. Our patriotic choice of a British holiday was rewarded by pretty frequent rain. But that didn't stop us exploring the beautiful surroundings.

The school is proposed by Education Swanage. They say:

Lack of educational choice in Purbeck already makes Swanage a difficult place to live for families with older children. 

Paul Angel, from Education Swanage, said:

"We may offer local skills-based subjects, such as sailing or dry stone walling. Within the budget we would be able to provide the correct amount of staff to cover the curriculum, as well as these additional options."

This morning I also see plans for the first free school in Bath. There is also news or another one planned for Camden.

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