Unit 10

Identify the main types of state and independent schools, also describe the characteristics of the different types of schools in relation to educational stage(s)and school governance. _

Faith schools can be different kinds of schools, eg voluntary aided schools, free schools, academies etc, but are associated with a particular religion. Faith schools are mostly run like other state schools. They have to follow the national curriculum except for religious studies, where they are free to only teach about their own religion. The admissions criteria and staffing policies may be different too, although anyone can apply for a place.

Free schools are funded by the government but aren’t run by the local council. They have more control over how they do things.
They’re ‘all-ability’ schools, so can’t use academic selection processes like a grammar school.
Free schools can:
  set their own pay and conditions for staff
  change the length of school terms and the school day
They don’t have to follow the national curriculum.

Academies are publicly funded independent schools. Academies don’t have to follow the national curriculum and can set their own term times. They still have to follow the same rules on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as other state schools.
Academies get money direct from the government, not the local council. They’re run by an academy trust which employs the staff.
Some academies have sponsors such as businesses, universities, other schools, faith groups or voluntary groups. Sponsors are responsible for improving the performance of their schools.

City technology colleges are independent schools in urban areas that are free to go to. They’re owned and funded by companies as well as central government (not the local council.They have a particular emphasis on technological and practical skills.

State boarding schools provide free education but charge fees for boarding. Some state boarding schools are run...