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Thu 22 September 2016

++ Surge in ‘community languages’ like Turkish, Arabic and Polish ++

++ Whole towns and cities where more pupils study community languages than MFL ++

++ Free schools first ever state schools to offer bilingual curriculum ++

Fri 16 September 2016

The Department for Education today announced 77 new free schools have been approved. This figure takes the number of open and approved to open free schools to over 500, in turn creating more than 330,000 new school places. 

Sun 11 September 2016

++ Urgent need for new schools as parents pushed to extremes to access good schools ++
++ 250,000 new school places now created by free schools ++

Fri 9 September 2016


Responding to the Prime Minister's speech on education reform, NSN Interim Director Sarah Pearson commented:

"We welcome the idea outlined today that would see universities further incentivised to get directly involved in setting up free schools. From Birmingham to Exeter, King's to Cambridge they have already founded some fantastic schools and it would be very exciting to see a new generation of university schools. 

Tue 9 August 2016

"Over the last five years we have seen record numbers of groups coming forward to set up new schools and provide an excellent education all without selection being on the table. If this is something that parents want in significant numbers, it should be given consideration but the devil will of course be in the detail. Any move to reintroduce selection must ensure it genuinely improves social mobility. We will be watching the development of this policy with interest."

Mon 8 August 2016

The analysis of new data on exclusions found that twenty children are excluded from school a day for racist abuse of their peers. In total, there were 4,000 cases of racist abuse in England’s schools which were serious enough to warrant a fixed or permanent exclusion in the 2014-15 academic year. Since 2008-9, there have been more than 27,000 exclusions for racist abuse.

Fri 29 July 2016

New Schools Network today welcomed new guidance published by the Department for Education for groups applying to set up free schools from September.

Shortage of school places and low educational standards continue to be key priorities for groups setting up new schools, but the new guidance widens the opportunities for new providers and groups with innovative new approaches to education.