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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.

Wed 13 July 2016

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

“We would like to thank Nick for his leadership over the last year during which he has led an expansion of NSN with the opening of our northern office and shaped a new strategy for the organisation. We wish him all the best for his next role.

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.