Free school news and press releases

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NSN News
Thu 11 July 2019

"It’s fantastic to see almost 1.9 million more children in Good or Outstanding schools since 2010. The free school and academies reforms have transformed education and championed social justice across the country and the 444 open free schools have revitalised communities and delivered real opportunity for young people.

NSN News
Wed 10 July 2019

"It’s disappointing the Labour Against Private Schools campaign has mistakenly identified free schools alongside private and grammar schools. At NSN, we entirely agree on the importance of making sure all children have access to outstanding comprehensive schools. No primary or secondary free school selects on the basis of ability.

NSN News
Wed 10 July 2019

“It is no secret teacher recruitment and retention is one of the biggest issues facing the sector, but the fact that it is schools in disadvantaged areas struggling to recruit the most is particularly pernicious. If we are serious about tackling social injustice then we must do more to ensure our best teachers are placed in the schools that need them most. We agree with the Sutton Trust’s recommendation that pupil premium money would be well spent on recruiting and retaining great teachers.

NSN News
Fri 5 July 2019

Unity Howard, Deputy Director of NSN, said:

“We welcome the Labour Party’s call to empower local communities, which we have identified as a key priority to reinvigorate the free schools policy in our new report Free schools: the next 10 years.

NSN News
Fri 5 July 2019

“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.

NSN News
Tue 2 July 2019

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.

NSN News
Fri 28 June 2019

"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.

Fri 28 June 2019

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.