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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. 

Sun 3 April 2016

++ Free schools top all other types of state school in reading, writing and maths ++

++ England outside the global top twenty for reading, behind Estonia and Poland ++

++ Findings come as parents prepare to find out their child’s primary school ++


Tue 29 March 2016

++ Free schools directly tackling places shortage, creating more than 235,000 places ++

++ Councils fail to provide places for local families: up to a quarter of children going out of authority ++

++ Poor standards and lack of places forcing children to travel longer distances ++


Wed 23 March 2016

Funding boost for NSN North set out in Budget

Charity aims to open more good schools across Greater Manchester and the region

Twice as many failing schools in Rochdale and Salford than in Trafford

Fri 18 March 2016
++ London’s educational success tails off after GCSE with A Levels suffering ++
++ 16-19 free schools out-perform all other types of state school ++
++ Inner London comes bottom of the class, lagging behind the North of England ++

New research by New Schools Network and SchoolDash has found that although London children perform significantly better than the

Thu 17 March 2016

“The North/South divide remains an all-too dramatic reality in England – with nearly one-in-three children in the North attending a struggling secondary school. If Government is serious about seeing effective growth and development in the region, this kind of investment in education is indispensable.


“The news that Sir Nick Weller of the Dixons Academies Trust, which already runs several successful free schools, will be leading on the in-depth report into transforming education across the Northern Powerhouse is also great news for the region.