Responding to the Education Policy Institute's annual report on education in England, NSN Deputy Director Unity Howard said:

"The widening attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is unacceptable. The future of opportunity, social justice and pupils in school right now will depend on our ability to tackle this issue head on. We must open more high performing new free schools, in areas that have been left behind, to address these imbalances.

"I am pleased the new Education Secretary is prioritising free schools as they can make a significant difference to these challenges. Pupils who receive free schools meals perform better in free schools than any other type of school, and at some such as Dixons Trinity Academy and Holyport College disadvantaged children are outperforming their peers at Progress 8."

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