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Thu 5 October 2017

Free schools are already producing outstanding exam results, with the most recent Key Stage 1 data showing free schools outperforming all other school types. In August, free schools posted some of the best results in the country at GCSE and A level, with the King’s College London Mathematics School, a free school in Lambeth, topping the A level league table.

Thu 28 September 2017

For the third year running, free schools have outperformed all other state school types across every subject at Key Stage 1.

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Mon 18 September 2017

NSN has worked with over two-thirds of the 400 or so free schools that have opened to date so it has a wealth of experience in this area. Its new Delivery Programme has been designed to comply with the Department for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency guidance, and focuses on the areas where free schools need the most help, such as finding suitable sites.

Wed 6 September 2017

Among the new schools opening will be:

Thu 24 August 2017

Reach Academy Feltham, a free school that opened in 2012 in one of London’s most deprived areas, saw 96% of its students get grade 4 or above in English and maths (the equivalent of C or above in the old system). In addition, 80% obtained 5 or above in English and 9% got the top grade in maths (grade 9), three times the predicted national level. Overall, 57% obtained the EBacc, more than twice last year’s national level.

Thu 27 July 2017

++Demand for special schools rockets with 14,000 new places needed by 2026++

++Councils invited to set up new special schools to meet 15% increase in demand++


Wed 19 July 2017

++ Free schools show how the EBacc and the arts go hand in hand ++

New Schools Network welcomes the Education Secretary’s announcement today regarding the EBacc and can confirm that there is no conflict between the EBacc and creative subjects like Art, Music and Drama. Our research has established that some of the most successful secondary schools in England are those that combine high expectations in a core of academic subjects with a strong focus on the arts.