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NSN News
Mon 20 March 2017

++ Free schools much more likely to improve to Outstanding than community schools ++

++ Across the country, free schools are significantly more likely to be Outstanding ++


Ofsted’s latest management information highlights the speed at which Free Schools are improving, with 16 out of the 23 free schools to be re-inspected achieving either a Good or Outstanding grade.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 17 March 2017

Pupils from the Archer Academy in East Finchley, London have won first place in the London Youth Games dance competition. They won both the junior (Years 8 and 9) and senior (Year 10) categories.

NSN News
Tue 14 March 2017

NSN calls on PAC to recognise success of free schools in popularity, performance and cost effectiveness

As the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) convenes to take evidence on schools capital funding, the New Schools Network asks committee members to recognise the success of the free schools policy to date. Free schools are the most cost effective way of creating new school places, they’re popular with parents and are among the highest-performing schools in the country.

Cost Effectiveness

Free Schools in the media
Mon 13 March 2017

The Island Free School has become one of the most popular secondary schools on the Isle of Wight, despite only opening in 2014. The school received 239 applications for just 125 available places, a 43% rise in applications from the previous year.

The Island Free School has a music specialism, and offers every child the chance to learn a musical instrument.

NSN News
Mon 6 March 2017

++ Funding commitment paves the way for Green Paper ambitions ++
++ Over 1,000 free schools to open by 2022 ++

Free Schools in the media
Fri 3 March 2017

Harington School in Rutland has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. The sixth form, which opened in September 2015, was praised particularly for students’ attitudes to learning, quality of support for students, and the relationship between school leaders.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 24 February 2017

This week, the Mead Academy Trust released their plans for three new schools in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The Trust is submitting a bid to the Department for Education to open two primary schools and a secondary school in the South East of the town.

NSN News
Thu 23 February 2017

Taking place next month at the NEC in Birmingham, NSN will be delivering four sessions, including a keynote speech by Toby Young, Director of NSN.

The Education Show is the UK’s largest showcase of for CPD, teacher training and educational resources. Each year, thousands of education professionals gather to test and compare the latest resources, discuss policy and practice, and form collaborative links with their peers.