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Mon 18 October 2021

What first inspired you to get involved with the free schools programme?

Mon 18 October 2021

What first inspired you to get involved with the free schools programme?

It was actually 20 years ago when I decided I wanted to start a “free school” - I had made an offer for a school building in Hampshire. I was keen to offer independent style education for free, but I couldn’t find a secure income stream to support the school. After Michael Gove announced the free school agenda, I resigned from my job in three months. I had the vision, and was ready to roll, as soon as the free schools policy announcement came. 

Free Schools in the media
Fri 15 October 2021

Harmonize Academy in Liverpool has made a successful ‘significant changes’ application to the DfE to create additional student places. From the beginning of the September 2021 academic year, the number of students was officially increased from 104 to 150.

The ‘significant changes’ application involved a rigorous and challenging process, requiring Harmonize to clearly demonstrate they have a strong team with educational expertise capable of managing and governing the increased student intake.

Thu 14 October 2021

“We need to recruit a new trustee”

As CEOs, Executive headteachers and trust leaders, you might well have varying responses to hearing the phrase, “we’ve got a vacancy on the board”... And when your board comprises volunteers with careers and responsibilities outside education, your Chair may logically look to the most senior expert in the sector they know – you – for advice.

Thu 14 October 2021

Although the Forum Strategy’s report highlighted significant issues with the status quo, there has been a recent spur for diversity at board level. This was acknowledged by Forum Strategy and we’ve seen it in our programme too. Increasingly academy trusts are coming to the Academy Ambassadors Programme because they’re seeking more diverse board compositions. As the wider call for a fairer and more diverse society becomes ever present, academy trusts are recognising that for too long, too many of their trustees have come from the same backgrounds.

NSN News
Wed 13 October 2021

The collection features free schools of all types and phase from across the country, and provides a candid insight into the process of establishing and running a free school. Interviews feature the founders and/or leaders of: 

Fri 8 October 2021

Some years ago I went into a school as a lead practitioner in maths. Finding a very shaky grasp of the essentials among year 11s a few months before GCSE, I devised large lectures for the bulk of the year-group. These were short but contained what, in my opinion, were the absolute fundamentals.  They identified key methods and set out a common language so that the rest of the department could follow up consistently with their classes. As lead, I had to deliver my lecture first, but rapidly brought the others along to do their sessions, which they were keen to do.

NSN News
Wed 29 September 2021

Emma Gregory, Head of the New School Network's Academy Ambassadors Programme, responds to a new report by Forum Strategy, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion amongst Academy Trust CEOs:  

"Diversity and inclusion at trust board level has a transformative impact for pupils and staff alike. This welcome research shows the important consequences of absent diversity on the aspirations of future trust leaders.