“We welcome The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP’s comments, which show the importance of committing to communities being at the heart of the free school policy.
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NSN is today calling on the Department for Education to allow parents and community groups who are running successful free schools to be allowed to take over other schools that are currently failing their pupils.
"Schools have always been at the heart of community-life and must have a meaningful role in the running and oversight of schools. Multi-academy trusts have been a force for good, transforming education in schools that have been left behind for too long. New Schools Network welcomes this report and agrees that schools working together is most likely to be successful in groups with joint governance, such as multi-academy trusts.
Despite all of the progress we have made in spreading educational opportunity, the sad fact is, as the report from the Sutton Trust and Social mobility commission shows, children’s life chances are still dependent on their parents ability to pay.
At NSN, we think it's morally wrong for the quality of your education to be dependent on wealth. That’s why we campaign to make sure that every child can go to an Outstanding school that helps them unlock their full potential.
"As Suella Braverman’s report makes clear free schools have transformed the life chances of thousands of young people. However, education reform from programmes like free schools and academies have lost momentum over the past two years and we welcome Suella Bravermann’s call for the next Prime Minster to expand the reach of free schools.
"Education is key to ensuring our social and economic success. Free schools offer an educational lifeline, bringing not just great schooling, but a renewed sense of aspiration into communities that have been let down for too long.
"Despite all of the progress we have made in spreading educational opportunity, the sad fact is, as this report from the Sutton Trust shows children’s life chances are still dependent on their parents ability to pay.
"We believe it is quite simply morally wrong that the quality of your education should be dependent on what your parents can afford. That’s why at NSN we campaign to make sure that every child can go to an Outstanding school that helps them unlock their full potential.
Education and improving the life chances of pupils in England is key to ensuring our social and economic success. Yet reform has stagnated for the past two years, and programmes like free schools and academies have lost momentum. A post-Brexit policy agenda must have education at its heart.
New Schools Network has called on the two remaining Conservative Party leadership candidates to sign up to five key education pledges.
1. Education reform at the heart of next Government