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Wed 13 December 2017

The New Schools Network welcomes the news that free schools will have a critical role to play in Justine Greening’s Social Mobility Action Plan, which will put social mobility at the heart of the Government’s education policy.


Wed 15 November 2017

Since the first free schools opened in 2011, critics have been claiming that they increase social segregation because they cater exclusively to white, middle class, English children. But the EPI report says that free schools have an above average number of non-white children and children whose first language is not English.

Tue 31 October 2017

Anthony was an image consultant and voice coach who worked with people such as Sebastian Coe, Ban Ki-moon and Kate Middleton. He served as a trustee of NSN from 2012 to 2014.

Natalie Evans, former Director of NSN, said: “Anthony was dedicated to helping young people achieve their potential through his leadership and communication programmes. He was a committed supporter of the free school programme and will be sorely missed by all of us who have been involved in NSN.”

Thu 12 October 2017

They have drawn level with Converter Academies, which were in first place last year, and outperformed all other types of school.

School Type

Average Progress 8 Score

Free schools


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.

School Type

Number of schools

Number of eligible pupils

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: