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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.

Fri 13 September 2013

New Schools Challenge to North East

What would you choose?

Series of events for teachers, families and community groups: 19th to 21st September

 

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.