Teachers laid into Michael Gove today for his plans to turn back the clock 300 years and allow free schools to set up anywhere.
The Education Secretary wants to slash regulations so privateers can set up publicly funded schools in abandoned warehouses and industrial buildings.
Free schools will now be fast-tracked so they can occupy new premises such as offices, hotels and warehouses for 12 months before having to apply for change-of-use permission.
Councils will only carry out limited checks, such as for traffic and noise problems.
NUT general secretary Christine Blower said the proposals showed the government is "prepared to put its own ideological interests ahead of the health, safety or well-being of children.
"Parents will not consider these aims to be bureaucratic 'red tape' but sensible measures to ensure their children are properly safeguarded whilst at school.
"Not only (does the government) believe it is unnecessary for pupils to be taught by qualified teachers but also that they do not deserve to be taught in decent buildings."
ATL general secretary Mary Bousted said: "Where pupils learn can have a huge impact on what they learn and how they behave.
"Children and young people need safe and well-lit learning environments, and access to outdoor space for play."
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