The comments made by Michael Gove, the then Secretary of State for Education, on 19 June 2014.
Free schools are giving thousands of children from ordinary backgrounds the kind of education previously reserved for the rich and the lucky.
Thanks to our free school programme, many more parents now have a new school in their neighbourhood offering high standards and tough discipline. Free schools put teachers – not bureaucrats and politicians – in the driving seat, as they are the ones who know their pupils best.
As part of our long-term economic plan, we are determined to deliver the best schools and skills for our young people, and free schools are achieving exactly that.