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NSN News
Fri 9 May 2014

"Whilst the Public Accounts Committee recognises the significant achievements of the Free Schools programme, focusing on the 1% of Free Schools where there have been problems rather than the vast majority which are proving both successful and popular, seems a short-sighted way to draw conclusions about a programme that has enabled the creation of hundreds of new schools in just three years. Where schools underperform, it is right that swift action is taken, but a fair and balanced assessment of Free Schools would highlight the fact that two thirds have so far been judged Good or Outstanding – outperforming other state schools on a like-for-like comparison."

 

Free Schools in the media
Tue 6 May 2014

Of the Free Schools inspected by Ofsted so far, 15% have been found to be Outstanding, compared to 9% of all state schools judged under the same criteria.

Read the full story on the TES website

NSN News
Fri 2 May 2014

Natalie Evans has written a comment piece in TES to challenge some of the prevailing myths around Free Schools, including their performance:

Natalie said “Free schools are inspected in their second year of operation, and all of those inspected to date have been examined under the new, more rigorous Ofsted framework. If you compare how they have performed alongside all state schools also inspected since the new regime was introduced, 73 per cent of free schools are judged as “outstanding” or “good”, compared with 63 per cent of other schools.”

Read the full story on the TES website

Free Schools in the media
Fri 2 May 2014

A new secondary school has in Surrey has announced its proposed name ahead of its opening in September 2015. Headteacher Sophie Cavanagh revealed that after a competition, the school will be called The Kingston Academy.

Read the full story from the Surrey Comet here.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 1 May 2014

Everton Free School recently took part in the Premier League's Enterprise Challenge. The pupils lost out to Sunderland at the semi-final stage but were commended for the clarity of their presentation.

Read the full article on the Premier League website.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 1 May 2014

A new secondary school for Leeds has been given the go-ahead to open this September. The school will eventually offer 1,500 places and will move to a permanent purpose-built site in Black Bull Street in 2016. 

Gorse Academies Trust who are setting up the school already run two existing schools that have been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

The future principal of the Ruth Gorse Academy said:

"I am extremely excited about this remarkable opportunity and confident that the staff and students together will create an exceptional and vibrant school that delivers a high quality education for each and every student."

Read the full article on The Yorkshire Post.

NSN News
Wed 30 April 2014

Responding to the 'Review of education structures, functions and the raising of standards for all' report, authored by former Labour Education Secretary David Blunkett,  Natalie Evans, Director of the New Schools Network commented:

"The reality is Free Schools are outperforming other state schools. It's good news that Labour recognise the innovation and high quality of new providers like Reach Academy, Tauheedal Free Schools Trust and King’s Leadership Academy and that they are a crucial ingredient in raising standards across the system."

"What is important now is to ensure that any new structures are not a retrograde step that gets in the way of achieving the aims of this Review."

Free Schools in the media
Wed 30 April 2014

King's Leadership Academy, a secondary Free School in Warrington, has been used as a case study in a recent report on 'Schools of Character' from the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. King's was praised alongside schools such as Eton College for its values-led approach.

Read the full report here.

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