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Fri 4 October 2019

As another year of party conferences draws to a close, the education sector is recovering from a relentless bashing in the bullring of debate.

While the Conservatives spoke of renewal for funding, free schools and further education, Labour announced a raft of policies, including pledges to abolish private schools, dismantle Ofsted, and end the free school programme.

NSN News
Thu 3 October 2019

"New Schools Network welcomes the White Paper published by the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) today. As outlined in our response to the consultation, and in our recent report Free schools: the next 10 years, we believe it is essential that effective incentives are in place to ensure there is enough capacity to sustainably grow new, high-performing single- and multi-academy trusts.

NSN News
Mon 30 September 2019

"It's fantastic to see the Government throw its weight behind the life changing work of free schools at the Conservative Party Conference today. The panel of free school leaders displayed the diversity and success of free schools across the country, which are transforming life chances for children. 

Fri 27 September 2019

27th September 2019

I read with interest the letter from Michael Rosen to the Secretary of State on Tuesday 24th September.

Mr. Rosen is quite right that we cannot ignore children struggling to thrive in mainstream education. Fundamentally, however, his attitude towards alternative provision (AP) free schools which are very much part of the solution, not the cause, is misguided.

NSN News
Fri 27 September 2019

"I am delighted that free schools continue to set primary pupils on the right path to achieving their full potential. For the fifth year in a row, free schools are the top performing school type of school at Key Stage 1 assessment and phonics checks.

"This follows on from successful results days at GCSE and A Level, where free schools were among the highest performing schools in the country.

NSN News
Thu 26 September 2019

"This vital research by the Sutton Trust has highlighted once more unnecessary inequality in our education system. It is not acceptable for disadvantaged children to fall behind because their parents cannot afford private tuition. In school education should not require supplementary tuition for pupils whose parents can pay when most cannot. Inequality in private tuition is one factor in the challenge to close the attainment gap. But this means we need to focus even more on high-quality education in schools.

NSN News
Mon 23 September 2019

"It is disappointing to see the Labour Party continue to reject the achievements of free schools. The evidence of their successes is undeniable; they are the highest performing type of state school at Key Stages One, Four and Five and are more likely to be rated Outstanding. Free schools champion social justice, with pupils who receive free school meals performing better than any other type of school and in a number of cases, disadvantaged children are outperforming their peers at Progress 8."

Fri 20 September 2019

Basic need and standards

As in wave 13, applicants are required to demonstrate that there is basic need for a high number of school places that the new free school will provide. The Department for Education (DfE) has added that basic need should be demonstrated for at least half the capacity of the proposed school.