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Are free schools fair?

Free schools are one of the Government's big ideas for revitalising our education system, but while supporters maintain they widen choice, critics say too often the result is damage to neighbouring schools.

Luke Walton has been to one independent school that has been given the go-ahead to become a free school in Sunderland.

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