Developing a strong rapport with the LA can also be the key to getting approval from local residents. Unity Community Primary School, for instance, uses input from its LA to challenge and support school leaders. Free schools and LAs both want what is best for local students, so this consideration should come before everything else.
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Under Ofsted's new framework, which came into effect in September, it is now much harder for schools to achieve the top rating. Indeed, a number of schools inspected this term have seen their ratings fall under the tougher and more challenging framework.
Westside School has bucked the trend with a highly positive report in which it is judged Outstanding in every category. The inspectors who spent two days at the school began their glowing report by simply stating that students "get a great deal" in the school.
"We are delighted to see the positive progress in UK PISA scores, especially the improvement in Reading and Maths. These reflect the hard work of staff, pupils and governors in schools across England who show the system is one that competes with the best internationally. There is, of course, more work to be done but we are trending in the right direction.
This week New Schools Network released a new video showcasing some of the life-changing work happening in free schools across the country. Although the statistics on free schools demonstrate their national impact, the stories of the people that live and breathe them on a daily basis – students, teachers and parents – are the ones that really matter.
Free Schools in the media
"It is fantastic to see the outstanding work of free schools recognised by The Sunday Times.
"King's Maths School, Exeter Mathematics School, London Academy of Excellence, Harris Westminster Sixth Form, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form and Chapeltown Academy embody the transformative opportunities free schools offer communities across the country, in some of the areas that need them most.
Within schools, Anti-Bullying Week provides an opportunity to publicise anti-bullying resources, to ensure that teachers and students are aware of what to do if they find out someone is being bullied. Too often, young people don’t speak up for fear of embarrassing themselves, making the bullying worse, or because they feel that no one would be able to help.
"Justice’s ‘Challenging School Exclusions’ report demonstrates the damaging consequences in the shortage of provision for children at risk of exclusion, particularly those with complex needs. It is not acceptable that disadvantaged pupils, children with SEND and those from minority backgrounds are being excluded, sometimes illegally.
1. Put education reform at the heart of the next Government
Education and improving the life chances of children in England is key to ensuring our social and economic success. Unfortunately, the successful free schools and academy reforms started by Labour and built on by the Conservatives have stagnated in recent years. The sector is lacking a direction of travel.