Tue 26 May 2020

Dear Sally,

I am writing to you from the New Schools Network (NSN), a charity improving the life chances of young people by supporting the creation and long-term success of new schools.

Following the publication of the consultation outcome, I am seeking urgent clarification on the arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020 for free schools.

Tue 12 May 2020

"There is no substitute for a child learning in the classroom while being kept safe. Those not in school nor able to access learning remotely face a potential legacy of widening inequality that will be felt for years to come.

Mon 11 May 2020

"This important research by the Centre for Social Justice is very welcome. Last year, in our report Free schools: the next 10 years, we identified disparities in funding, quality and location that present real challenges for families with some of our most vulnerable young people.

Wed 6 May 2020

"The Public Accounts Committee’s report on Support for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is concerning.

"The report highlights the difficulties many families face in securing an ECH plan, which too frequently leave our most vulnerable children lacking the support they need. This simply cannot be justified.

Thu 30 April 2020

New Schools Network (NSN) is a charity improving the life chances of young people across the country by supporting the creation of new free schools. NSN finds talented people and organisations, supports them to establish new free schools in their communities and, through the Academy Ambassadors Programme, supports better governance by finding business leaders with the right skills to become trustees.

Tue 17 March 2020

During this unprecedented period, we want to continue to provide programmes of support as far as is possible, without creating any additional burden for school leaders, CEOs, NEDs or Chairs. Given that, we have taken the following steps to respond to this emerging situation:

Fri 28 February 2020

"I am pleased to see the implementation of the behaviour hubs programme has been announced today. There is no one size fits all solution for improving behaviour and the range of expertise brought together through this group will undoubtedly help the entire sector improve. Too often the debate in this area means that schools operate in a significantly challenging environment- this is a practical programme to help support schools and academy trusts gain access to the best of the best in our system.

Thu 27 February 2020

"For the vast proportion of school leaders to be concerned about fairness in their admissions process is worrying. The system for school preferences shouldn’t be a complex web, locking out families from leading schools, but a system to empower parents to choose the best education for their child.

"Much of the work being done by schools should be highly commended and I am incredibly proud that disadvantaged pupils perform more highly at free schools than at other state-funded schools. But without fair access to high-performing schools for all pupils, social justice is lost.