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Free Schools in the media
Fri 29 June 2018

To celebrate UK Robotics Week, students at Hatfield Community Free School in Hertfordshire were given the chance to programme a real robot. This was part of the University of Hertfordshire’s programme to inspire children to enter careers in computer science and robotics.

Fri 29 June 2018

Their number one tip, unsurprisingly, is for groups submitting an application in wave 13 to apply to join NSN’s Development Programme, because they know that free school applicants on the Development Programme are 50% more likely to be successful.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 22 June 2018

Pupils and staff at Beccles Free School were celebrating after being rated Good in their most recent Ofsted inspection.

Fri 22 June 2018

In 2011, LKMco published Laura McInerney’s short book ‘6 predictable failures of free schools...and how to avoid them’. The book built on research by Seymour Sarason, the American academic who studied US Charter Schools, and discussed how the issues he identified would affect the free school programme. Reading her book now, it’s clear to see how prescient Laura was in her predictions, and how useful her recommendations were, and remain, to groups going through the free school process. 

Fri 15 June 2018

When asked what makes a great board the quality of scrutiny and challenge often tops the list. That requires a board that doesn’t just have the right skills mix but also contains a less tangible ‘mix of minds’. Good academy trust boards act together, corporately, in the interests of the children but they also retain strong, independent thinkers who are able to provide robust challenge. Diversity is critical.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 8 June 2018

Plans for a new special free school in Bristol have been revealed. The Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust will be opening the school by 2020, and will educate 136 students with social, emotional, mental health or speech, language and communication needs. There will also be a sixth form for an additional 20 pupils. The school will provide weekday overnight support and accommodation in a 12-place respite unit. 

Mon 4 June 2018

LAE’s results often dominate August headlines; unashamedly proud to be a Newham school, it’s hard not to be sucked in by the media rhetoric, particularly over the past two years where all FSM applicant who met the grades were offered a place. But beyond the applause and accolade, LAE is much like any other sixth form. 

Free Schools in the media
Fri 1 June 2018

A new state of the art building was opened at Eden Girls’ School, Slough by Lord Theodore Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System. The £22 million development, houses a large sports hall complete with three sports courts, a fitness studio, a library and reflection centre with a garden, playground and outdoor table tennis facilities.