The Spectator reportsthat a free school is planned for Newham. The man behind it is Peter Hyman, Tony Blair's former Director of Strategy. He was the man responsible for the slogan "Education, Education, Education." He left Downing Street for teaching and is a deputy head in Islington. Lord Adonis is also involved. Toby Young also notes that another member of the team is Oli de Botton – who was on David Miliband's campaign team.
This is excellent news. While I might not regard sending my children to a school set up by a Blairite coterie as ideal, if I lived in Newham I suspect that I would prefer it to one run by the local council. In any event the point is to open up the system to more choice. The move also makes it harder for Labour nationally to persist in opposing free schools.
Details about the school are here. It stresses a focus on the English language, politeness, small class sizes and ensuring the talent of each individual pupil is fully stretched.