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Fri 15 November 2013

The Wye Valley Free School project has won a place on NSN's Development Programme. The group intend to submit their application to the Department for Education for the 4 to sixteen school on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire borders.

The school hopes to incorporate elements of the Montessori and Human Education principles.

NSN director Natalie Evans commented: "The Development Programme has been designed to help support each group in making their vision a reality, and I am delighted to be welcoming Wye Valley Free School onto the programme."

Fri 8 November 2013

The release of a new school atlas from the Greater London Authority was widely reported in London. It provides full data on all schools in London - including Free Schools. Director of the New Schools Network, Natalie Evans, gave her views on the new tool to BBC London News (the story is featured straight after the headlines).

Tue 5 November 2013

The New Schools Network launched the latest phase of its New Schools Challenge last week with a series of events in Leicester and Leicestershire. Designed to gather the views of parents and teachers on education in the area, the Challenge events also gave an opportunity to find out more about Free Schools.

During our stay in the area we spent two days speaking with local residents at Carillon Court Shopping Centre in Loughborough and the Highcross Mall in the centre of Leicester, and also met with a number of groups looking to set up a new school.

Mon 28 October 2013

 

What would you choose?

The New Schools Network will be in Leicestershire as part of its New Schools Challenge with a series of activities from Thursday 31st October.  Designed to gather the views of parents and teachers on education in the area, Challenge meetings and events will also provide an opportunity to find out more about how individuals and organisations can get involved in setting up new schools.

Mon 21 October 2013

New Schools Network Director Natalie Evans appeared on BBC News yesterday to discuss comments made by Nick Clegg on Free Schools.

Following Mr Clegg's criticisms of the freedoms afforded to Free Schools, she argued that they are typically appointing fully qualified teachers for core subects, and using non-qualified experts for subjects such as business or sports.

She also pointed out that Free Schools have been using their freedoms to vary pay and conditions, the length of the school day and to introduce more innovative curriculums.

Tue 24 September 2013

63% believe that Teesside could benefit from new schools

The New Schools Network continued the latest phase of its New Schools Challenge last week, with a series of events around Teesside. Designed to gather the views of parents and teachers on education in the area, the Challenge events also gave an opportunity to find out more about getting involved in setting up new schools.

Fri 20 September 2013

BBC Radio Tees' Ali Brownlee spoke to NSN Director Natalie Evans yesterday about the benefits Free Schools could provide the region.

NSN are visiting the North East as part of the New Schools Challenge; an initiative to encourage parents, teachers, charities and existing schools to set up new schools.

Listen to the interview here from 1 hour 18 minutes.

Tue 17 September 2013

The Northern Echo has featured NSN's New Schools Challenge ahead of our visit to the North East this week.

The New Schools Challenge team will be speaking to local people in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool to get their opinions on education and raising awareness about the benefits Free Schools can provide their community.