Natalie Evans, Director of the New Schools Network commented: “Underperformance in any school is completely unacceptable given the costs to students and their families. Too often concerns are not addressed quickly enough or, worse, at all.
"Over 350 (356) maintained schools are currently in special measures, nearly a third of which have languished there for over a year (106 schools, 29.8%). If a school is not good enough we should see swift action. In these cases, this has happened within six months.
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."
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).
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.
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.