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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.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 5 October 2018

Students at East London Science School were approached by the astronaut Tim Peake at a stall they were running at New Scientist Live . They demonstrated their remote-control robotic elephant and showed him how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Monika Patel, head of physics at the school, said: ‘Tim Peake is a real inspiration to our pupils, and others across Britain, so it was fantastic that he came to watch our demonstrations and talk with pupils.’

Fri 5 October 2018

I'm going to start off with a confession, which is normally when I introduce myself I explain that I was a maths teacher for 16 years – but I have a dirty secret, which is I didn't do a maths degree, I actually did economics.

NSN News
Wed 3 October 2018

In her speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Theresa May stated that the Government would build more free schools to raise standards and improve parental choice. In addition, Damian Hinds confirmed continued investment in free schools.

The announcement follows last week’s provisional Key Stage One and Phonics results which showed free schools were once again the highest performers at these stages. Last year, free schools were also the top performing type of school at GCSE and had the highest proportion of students gaining AAB at A-Level across the state-funded sector.

Thu 27 September 2018

At a Labour Party conference fringe event this week, Angela Rayner said that she would “turn her back” on Michael Gove’s education reforms. While this rhetoric will certainly play well with her party’s membership, I want a lot more detail on how she would actually implement changes.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 27 September 2018

Provisional phonics results released by the Department for Education indicate that free schools have outperformed other schools for the fourth year running. Overall, 88% of pupils in free schools met the expected standard in phonics, compared to 83% nationally. In addition, Key Stage One results released today also show free schools at the top of the table, with more students reaching the expected standard than other schools across every subject.

Results at phonics check by school type: