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NSN News
Mon 22 October 2018

Effective from the first of November, Sigrun Olafsdottir will take on the day-to-day running of NSN as Chief Operating Officer. Unity Howard will also take up a new role as Head of Advisory Services. The Trustees will soon be launching the recruitment process for a permanent Director.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 17 October 2018

More than 500 people gathered for the opening of the Atam Academy’s new building. The ceremony included the arrival of the Sikh holy scriptures, known as the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj, which were carried into the school’s spiritual hall. Worshippers also congregated in the hall for the recitation of the prayer known as the Sri Sukhmani Sahib Path and hymns known as Kirtan. The design of the new school building takes inspiration from the Golden Temple in India.

NSN News
Tue 16 October 2018

This is the second year running that free schools have topped the tables, having been the strongest performer last year with an average score of 0.15.

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Free Schools in the media
Mon 15 October 2018

The plans for the Laurus Ryecroft free school in Tameside have been unveiled and approved by local councillors. The new building will cover more than 10,000sq m and will include a ‘multi-use games area’, three grass pitches and two running tracks. The building will be on green belt land on the site of the former Littlemoss High School. The images of the new site can be seen here

Fri 12 October 2018

Firstly, there was the Labour Party Conference, where the Shadow Secretary of State said that she would ‘turn her back’ on Michael Gove’s reforms. She followed up on this by promising to bring an end to the free school programme in the event of gaining power. While obviously alarming to advocates of the programme, this is consistent with the Labour Party’s previous attitude towards the policy and isn’t a new development.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 12 October 2018

Two year 8 pupils at the East London Science School conducted an on camera post-match interview with two players from Great Britain Men’s Hockey Team after an international match. The pupils were invited onto the pitch at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre for a once in life time opportunity to meet their sporting idols. They asked questions about their nutrition and other sports they enjoyed.

Fri 12 October 2018

NEDs have huge influence and impact across academies and it’s important to know whether a non-executive role is right for you. The guide contains everything you need to know to secure your first NED appointment, and what to expect from the appointment process. You’ll also find key questions you’ll need to answer ahead of applying for a role and how best to prepare for the interview process.

NSN News
Thu 11 October 2018

The announcement follows strong support from the Prime Minister, who last week confirmed the Government would build more free schools in a bid to ensure every child has access to a good school.