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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.

Wed 15 May 2019

There are now over 700 Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) in England and 50% of children are being taught within a MAT structure. MATs are now the large incumbent; the majority player. But opinions remain divided.

It is a critical time for MATs. The approaches and structures of the early days are too often failing to meet the challenges the sector now faces. We need a new phase of MAT leadership.

NSN News
Tue 14 May 2019

"We know one of the biggest barriers to innovative curriculum thinking has been a fear of falling foul of Ofsted and the experience of some of the first free school inspections confirmed this.

Thu 9 May 2019

The central conclusion of the report saw solutions based in encouraging inclusion methods within mainstream schools as a way of tackling consequences of exclusion such as poor GCSE grades and risks of gang violence. Although this will lead to a reduction in the overall exclusion figures, vulnerable children may not be receiving the support they require remaining in mainstream schools.

NSN News
Tue 7 May 2019

"The obvious conclusion to draw from the Timpson Review is that we need more high-quality alternative provision places, and we need them now. Too many young people who have been excluded have been consigned to provision that is not even inspected by Ofsted or to see if it meets basic safety standards – around 20,000 young people who have left mainstream schools.