The Mail on Sunday reports on more free schools to be announced to open next year. The latest batch will be special schools – this follows on the further 55 mainstream schools announced last month.

Two football clubs -  Everton and Derby County – are to open free schools for children from difficult backgrounds. The ‘alternative provision’ schools, formerly known as ‘pupil referral units’, will be based at the football clubs. They are for children excluded from mainstream schools for disruptive behaviour. There will be five of these new schools altogether.

Among the other types of schools will include new Lighthouse Free School for special needs children which will open in Leeds. It will cater for autistic children.

The report adds:

Rosewood School in Southampton will take children as young as two with profound and multiple learning difficulties, while the City of Peterborough Academy will teach 90 children, mostly suffering from autism. 

By this time next year there should be over 100 free schools open.