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Thu 10 October 2019

On the train between London and Norwich, we wondered: how has The Free School Norwich been able to perform so well in terms of pupil progress, being in the top 3% of schools in England in 2016 and 2018? Is there a secret formula to their success?

After talking to Tania Sidney-Roberts, Headteacher at The Free School Norwich, we saw and grasped a capital ingredient to this secret formula: working together as a community.

NSN News
Thu 10 October 2019

"NSN welcomes the Government scheme to provide loans for new schools in housing estates. Bridging the gap in funding from housing developers was a key part of our recommendations in Free schools: The next 10 years and we are delighted the Government has listened to our proposal.

NSN News
Fri 4 October 2019

"It is truly shocking that a lack of high-quality alternative provision has resulted in local authorities knowingly sending our most vulnerable children to an unregistered, unaccountable 'school'."

"AP free schools offer a truly transformative opportunity for children to thrive in a non-mainstream setting, giving them a real second chance. We cannot allow a lack of provision to write off their life chances." 

Fri 4 October 2019

As another year of party conferences draws to a close, the education sector is recovering from a relentless bashing in the bullring of debate.

While the Conservatives spoke of renewal for funding, free schools and further education, Labour announced a raft of policies, including pledges to abolish private schools, dismantle Ofsted, and end the free school programme.

NSN News
Thu 3 October 2019

"New Schools Network welcomes the White Paper published by the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) today. As outlined in our response to the consultation, and in our recent report Free schools: the next 10 years, we believe it is essential that effective incentives are in place to ensure there is enough capacity to sustainably grow new, high-performing single- and multi-academy trusts.

NSN News
Mon 30 September 2019

"It's fantastic to see the Government throw its weight behind the life changing work of free schools at the Conservative Party Conference today. The panel of free school leaders displayed the diversity and success of free schools across the country, which are transforming life chances for children. 

Fri 27 September 2019

27th September 2019

I read with interest the letter from Michael Rosen to the Secretary of State on Tuesday 24th September.

Mr. Rosen is quite right that we cannot ignore children struggling to thrive in mainstream education. Fundamentally, however, his attitude towards alternative provision (AP) free schools which are very much part of the solution, not the cause, is misguided.

NSN News
Fri 27 September 2019

"I am delighted that free schools continue to set primary pupils on the right path to achieving their full potential. For the fifth year in a row, free schools are the top performing school type of school at Key Stage 1 assessment and phonics checks.

"This follows on from successful results days at GCSE and A Level, where free schools were among the highest performing schools in the country.