'Appalling waste' "These figures make clear that the free school, UTC and studio school programmes were ill-thought policies which, in many cases, resulted in an appalling waste of significant sums of money," said Mr Courtney. University technical colleges (UTCs) and studio schools have an emphasis on vocational skills for 14 to 19-year-olds. "In the case of the closed UTCs, an average of 10m was spent on each school, rising to 15m in the case of Tottenham UTC. "That sums of this magnitude have been thrown away at a time when schools across the country are crying out for funding for staff,

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