A HEAD teacher has hit back at claims that his school being granted Free School status is a waste of taxpayers money.
The Maharishi School on the oustskirts of Skelmersdale was a private school but from this month will open its doors as a state-funded free school.
It has attracted controversy because it teaches meditation techniques to its pupils.
Labour MPs spoke to national newspapers this week criticising the government’s move to include it in the free school programme.
Labour MP Lisa Nandy said: “People will be shocked that their taxes are going on teaching transcendental meditation. We have one million unemployed young people in this country and the Government is spending money on teaching pupils yoga.”
Derek Cassells, head teacher at the Cobbs Brow Lane school, said: “The school is not a waste of money. We teach a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the national curriculum.
“We have taken that and added a few minutes of meditation in the morning, afternoon and just before lunch. There are 700 scientific studies which testify to the benefits of transcendental meditation and how it helps to develop creativity and intelligence. It’s a great way to start the day.”