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Tue 12 July 2016

++ Prime Minister David Cameron visits free school ++

++ Announcement means quarter of a million places now created by free schools ++


The Department for Education announced today that 31 more free schools have been approved to open. When full, these schools will provide places for 20,000 students. These schools join more than 430 free schools that are already open or approved – bringing the total to over 450. 


Thu 30 June 2016

David Ross, Chair of Trustees at New Schools Network said:

“The board of trustees has granted the request of our Director, Nick Timothy, to take an unpaid sabbatical to work on a political campaign over the summer.

Wed 8 June 2016

More than 25 local councils have scarce A-Level facilities, some at risk of losing altogether. 

Coastal towns and rural areas have the scarcest academic provision. 

Free schools opening in most deprived areas

Tue 17 May 2016

++ Number of unauthorised holidays taken during term has tripled in last decade ++

++ Impact on attainment revealed as more holiday time means worse results for schools ++

++ Free schools offer term-date flexibility and have lowest levels of unauthorised holidays ++


This NSN story was featured in The Sun

Sat 14 May 2016

++Charity calls on Universities to set up new free schools++

++International students at Oxbridge outnumber poor English students by 30 to 1++

New data analysed by New Schools Network has found that, despite an increased focus on access initiatives, the poorest pupils are still well behind more advantaged students when it comes to studying at the country’s best universities. In fact the number of these students going to Oxbridge has barely improved since 2007.

Fri 29 April 2016


Research from the Institute of Education today claimed that free schools 'socially select' pupils. Nick Timothy, Director of New Schools Network, dismissed this claim, saying: 

Fri 15 April 2016

Calling all teachers! Set up your dream school

++ Campaign to inspire the profession to join the growing ranks of teachers who have already set up new schools

++ Campaign to target over 150,000 teachers ++


Fri 8 April 2016

The trustees of New Schools Network today announced that David Ross, who co-founded the Carphone Warehouse and is the sponsor of an academy trust that has  33 schools in its network, has been appointed as Chair of Trustees at New Schools Network.

David Ross said:

“I am very proud to have been appointed Chair of Trustees at New Schools Network.  I feel passionately that improving education is the single most powerful way we can invest in the future of our country.