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Tue 20 August 2013

Following the news that all schools will be given the freedom to decide their own term dates, a freedom already enjoyed by Free Schools, New Schools Network Director Natalie Evans commented:

“Every parent knows what’s best for their child but the current system simply does not work for everyone.

Wed 24 July 2013

Natalie Evans today commented on Labour's calculation that there will be a shortfall of 120,000 places in primary schools this September and that Free Schools fail to provide places for the areas most in need.

She stated that "Nearly 70% of all open or approved Free Schools have been set up in areas where there is a need for places. At this rate by 2015 Free Schools will have created an additional 250,000 places, an important contribution to tackling the current shortfall in school places.

Wed 17 July 2013

49% believe that NW Lancashire could benefit from new schools

The New Schools Network kicked off its New Schools Challenge in North West Lancashire with a series of events over the last week.  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 12 July 2013

New Schools Network Director Natalie Evans comments in today'sTimes Educational Supplement on the feasibilty of schools in the workplace, arguing that many employers already get involved in supporting local schools and, although no easy task, setting up a Free School could be a great way to offer something extra to employees.

Read the full article at the Times Education Supplement.

Wed 3 July 2013

The New Schools Network is kicking off its New Schools Challenge in Blackpool with a series of events from Wednesday 10 July.  Designed to gather the views of parents and teachers on education in the area, the Challenge events will also give an opportunity to find out more about how they can get involved in setting up new schools.

Tue 2 July 2013

Speaking in The Independent, Natalie Evans today commented on the question of whether firms should be allowed to make a profit from running Free Schools. She argued that as new schools are already being established at an unprecedented rate, profit-making is "not a necessary condition for the scaling up of the programme".

Wed 26 June 2013

New Schools Network statement in response to announcements made in the Spending Review

Natalie Evans commented:

“We are delighted to see Free Schools remaining a top priority for this government. The additional investment announced today means that it will be possible to meet the growing demand from the teacher, parent and community groups that contact us every week with the vision, ambition and capabilities to set-up and run new schools.

Wed 18 January 2012


EMBARGO: FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

New Schools Network (NSN) the independent charity which supports groups establishing Free Schools has welcomed the announcement by Barclays of a new range of services to help Free Schools and Academies improve education. Barclays and NSN will be working together to deliver elements of their support, in particular in areas of deprivation and those with a lack of good local school places.