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.

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

Mon 6 March 2017

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

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.

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."

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.

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 ++

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.