“As the National Audit Office has said, free schools offer better value for money than previous school building programmes. They are the most cost effective way to create the 750,000 new school places we need between now and 2025. They are also more popular with parents and more likely to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted than any other type of school."
"If the Government succeeds in its aim of creating between 225,000 and 275,000 new homes every year, we are going to need some new schools. The ambitious house-building programme is a great opportunity to get much-needed new schools built at no cost to the taxpayer. I’d like to see the planning process changed so developers find it easier to get planning consent if they’re proposing to build new schools alongside new houses.
++ Number of arts GCSEs per pupil up since introduction of the EBacc ++
++ The more arts GCSEs students do, the better their schools perform ++
++ Charity calls for arts organisation to set up schools that marry arts with academics ++
Free schools, which are three times more likely to be located in the most deprived areas of the country than the least deprived, today showed the impact they are having with free school students achieving attainment and progress 8 scores second only to converter academies.
Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School, a free school that opened in 2012, was the third highest performing state school by these measures.
++ Exodus from London as families forced to leave behind England’s best schools in search of better quality of life ++
++ 45% of those leaving London are young families with children ++
++ NSN calls for new proposer groups to level the playing field++
Rory was a financial consultant advising a number of investors and listed companies in relation to shareholder value. In addition, he held a number of non-executive directorships, including at Alliance Trust plc.
++ Any attempt to reintroduce selection should be broader than academic selection ++
++ Interest in a new generation of university free schools should focus on specialist sixth forms with extra funding awarded for sharing of expertise ++
The New Schools Network today submitted a detailed response to the Government’s Schools That Work for Everyone consultation, setting out a series of practical recommendations.
David Ross, Chair of Trustees at New Schools Network said: