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Free Schools in the media
Tue 18 June 2019

The medley relay team had pre-qualified for the Sheffield gala earlier in the year with a qualifying time of 1.13. In their heat, Jacob Cutler, Josh Round, Harry Chandler and Flora Middleton smashed that time, touching the wall in 1.05.6 and qualifying for the 'A final' in 2nd position. The fab four stepped up again for the final, demonstrating their swimming prowess to finish in 1st place with a time of 1.05.00, becoming English Champions!


Free Schools in the media
Fri 14 June 2019

These free schools are opening in areas of high deprivation across England, bringing innovative and successful schools to areas where they are most needed. The free school programme empowers communities to lead improvement in their local area as 60% of groups are from locally based groups.

Among the new schools are:

Fri 7 June 2019

NPP’s 2018 report, ‘Educating the North’ highlights the entrenched inequalities in educational opportunity and attainment between the north and south of England, particularly the capital. The report demonstrates that there is an urgent need for action to close the gap in attainment and opportunity between the north and south. This was emphasised in Wednesday’s evidence session.  

Free Schools in the media
Thu 6 June 2019

NSN’s analysis combined the need for both places and school standards to identify the ten areas most in need of new secondary schools over the coming years as the population bulge moves from primary to secondary age. The research looked at areas which underperformed at GCSE, achieving below the national average for progress and attainment, and which are predicted to run out of school places over the coming years.


Fri 31 May 2019

When the Prime Minister launched the Augar Review in February last year, she said: “The aim of education policy should be to provide the right education for every child…for some children that will be an education that is firmly based in learning practical and vocational skills. For others, it will be an education based on academic excellence.” 

NSN News
Thu 30 May 2019

The simple truth is fees are not the driving force that limit access for young people.  Instead all of our energy should be focused on ensuring pupils receive a decent education in schools that raise aspiration and opens doors for their future. 

Free Schools in the media
Tue 21 May 2019

Teacher, Mrs Paula Crocker, commented: “We are thrilled to have secured a grant of £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund which will help towards the purchase of much needed new windows and fire doors for the school’s swimming pool.”

Thu 16 May 2019

The long-awaited Timpson Review of School Exclusion was published last week. The review puts forth a number of worthwhile recommendations, including plans to hold schools accountable for the outcomes of children they exclude, greater local authority oversight of pupil movement, improvements to alternative provision (AP) and proposals to tackle off-rolling.