The Trustees of New Schools Network today announced that Toby Young has resigned. Toby has concluded that the media attention his continuing presence at the helm of NSN is attracting has become a distraction from the vital work it is doing and, for that reason, he has decided to step down. The Trustees will be announcing the appointment of an Interim Director in due course. The Trustees are grateful for Toby's work during his time here and wish him well in his future endeavours.
Toby Young said: “NSN is a wonderful charity and it has been a great honour to serve as its Director. Free schools are more likely to be rated Outstanding by Ofsted than all other types of schools, are more popular with parents and are getting better results. That extraordinary success story is due to the hard work and commitment of the groups who have set up those schools, as well as their governors, staff and students. But NSN’s staff also deserve some of the credit. NSN has worked with two-thirds of the 691 free schools that have opened or been approved to open so far and the charity will, I am sure, remain at the heart of what is proving to be the most successful education policy of the post-war period.
“I would also like to praise the brilliant work of Academy Ambassadors, a service that sits within NSN. Under the inspirational leadership of Kirsty Watt, AA has helped multi-academy trusts recruit over 900 trustees to MAT boards and I’m sure it will continue to recruit many hundreds more. It has been a privilege to work alongside Kirsty and her team, as well as all NSN’s dedicated employees, who are doing so much to raise educational standards in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the country.”