Tue 15 September 2020

Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network said:  

“These are concerning findings from the Social Mobility Commission; those entitled to free school meals are more likely to earn less and have fewer opportunities than their peers.

"This is completely unjust. We must ensure that every child has a good school place that gives them the best opportunities in life, irrespective of their background. It must not be the case that a postcode can dictate life chances. 

Thu 6 August 2020

Unity Howard, Director of the New Schools Network said:

“I welcome the government’s intention to reform the planning system and allow schools to be built quicker in areas of need.

“Today, there are 271 free schools stuck in the planning and development stage. Of which, 140 have been in pre-opening for around 40 months, this is far too long. Free school leaders consistently voice their frustration at a system which is both complex and time consuming.

Sat 18 July 2020

These schools were approved as part of a free school wave jointly led by the DfE and local authorities, which closed in September 2019.

Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network, said:

Thu 2 July 2020

Unity Howard, Director of NSN said:

"It's absolutely right that there is a commitment to a full scale return to school from September - we want to see every child, every class, and every school back so that learning can get back on track. It's the right thing to do, and we can only hope that the unions see sense and don't try and obstruct this move.

Fri 19 June 2020

“The Government’s announcement of £1billion in funding to address the impact of coronavirus on children’s learning is very welcome. Pupils not in school nor able to access learning remotely face a legacy of widening inequality that will be felt for years to come.

Tue 16 June 2020

“The findings of this report confirm our fears that school closures have disproportionately impacted children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“According to the report, just under a third of pupils from a deprived school have returned their last piece of set work, in comparison to their peers in more affluent areas where around 49% of pupils have submitted work.

Mon 15 June 2020

Dear Ms Howard,

Thank you for your letter regarding the model which will be used for providing students with calculated grades for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications this summer. We appreciate you responding to our recent consultation and writing to us to share information about the centres in your network.

Wed 10 June 2020
"This morning, the Education Select Committee questioned Ofqual representatives on 2020 assessments, with reference to NSN’s work to ensure that free schools with limited historical data are treated fairly.