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NSN News
Wed 22 February 2017

“As the National Audit Office has said, free schools offer better value for money than previous school building programmes. They are the most cost effective way to create the 750,000 new school places we need between now and 2025. They are also more popular with parents and more likely to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted than any other type of school."

Free Schools in the media
Fri 17 February 2017

This week, the world famous Hallé Orchestra have announced plans to open a free school with a music specialism in Stoke-on-Trent. The school is proposed to have 40% of the curriculum dedicated to music, with proposed master classes from professionals, a musicians in residence scheme, and opportunities to perform with the Hallé choir and youth orchestra.

 

Free Schools in the media
Fri 10 February 2017

Students from Jubilee Academy – an alternative provision school in Harrow, London – have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of road safety. The project will deliver a series of activities to promote awareness of the risks young people face, such as visibility while crossing roads and distractions caused by mobile phone usage.

NSN News
Tue 7 February 2017

"If the Government succeeds in its aim of creating between 225,000 and 275,000 new homes every year, we are going to need some new schools. The ambitious house-building programme is a great opportunity to get much-needed new schools built at no cost to the taxpayer. I’d like to see the planning process changed so developers find it easier to get planning consent if they’re proposing to build new schools alongside new houses.

NSN News
Tue 7 February 2017

++ Number of arts GCSEs per pupil up since introduction of the EBacc ++
++ The more arts GCSEs students do, the better their schools perform ++
++ Charity calls for arts organisation to set up schools that marry arts with academics ++

Free Schools in the media
Fri 20 January 2017

Daventry Hill School has now moved into its new purpose-built building. There are rooms for health clinics, soft play, physiotherapy, a sensory room, and even a pool for hydrotherapy. The special school in Daventry, Northamptonshire, opened in September 2016 and currently has 61 students.

NSN News
Thu 19 January 2017

Free schools, which are three times more likely to be located in the most deprived areas of the country than the least deprived, today showed the impact they are having with free school students achieving attainment and progress 8 scores second only to converter academies.

Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School, a free school that opened in 2012, was the third highest performing state school by these measures.

 

Free Schools in the media
Fri 13 January 2017

The London Academy of Excellence and Holyport College have both been included in Tatler's guide to the best state secondary schools of 2017. London Academy of Excellence is a sixth form college in Newham, one of the most deprived boroughs in London, and is dedicated to raising aspirations in the area. Holyport College in Maidenhead is sponsored by Eton College, and is the country’s first boarding free school.