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Mon 17 July 2017

Justine Greening announced today that the total schools budget will increase by £1.3 billion over the next two years, meaning per pupil funding will be protected in real terms, not just cash terms.

The money to pay for this will come from efficiencies and savings from across the Department for Education, rather than increased borrowing, and that means finding some savings from within the free schools capital budget. However, the good news is that there will be no reduction in the actual number of free schools already planned for.

Thu 6 April 2017

Toby Young Director of NSN said:

“I welcome today’s judgement. All the research shows that the more time children spend in school, the better they do. Indeed, one of the reasons free schools get better results than any other type of school in Key Stage 1 is because so many of them have longer school days."


Mon 20 March 2017

++ Free schools much more likely to improve to Outstanding than community schools ++

++ Across the country, free schools are significantly more likely to be Outstanding ++


Ofsted’s latest management information highlights the speed at which Free Schools are improving, with 16 out of the 23 free schools to be re-inspected achieving either a Good or Outstanding grade.

Tue 14 March 2017

NSN calls on PAC to recognise success of free schools in popularity, performance and cost effectiveness

As the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) convenes to take evidence on schools capital funding, the New Schools Network asks committee members to recognise the success of the free schools policy to date. Free schools are the most cost effective way of creating new school places, they’re popular with parents and are among the highest-performing schools in the country.

Cost Effectiveness

Mon 6 March 2017

++ Funding commitment paves the way for Green Paper ambitions ++
++ Over 1,000 free schools to open by 2022 ++

Thu 23 February 2017

Taking place next month at the NEC in Birmingham, NSN will be delivering four sessions, including a keynote speech by Toby Young, Director of NSN.

The Education Show is the UK’s largest showcase of for CPD, teacher training and educational resources. Each year, thousands of education professionals gather to test and compare the latest resources, discuss policy and practice, and form collaborative links with their peers.

Wed 22 February 2017

“As the National Audit Office has said, free schools offer better value for money than previous school building programmes. They are the most cost effective way to create the 750,000 new school places we need between now and 2025. They are also more popular with parents and more likely to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted than any other type of school."

Tue 7 February 2017

"If the Government succeeds in its aim of creating between 225,000 and 275,000 new homes every year, we are going to need some new schools. The ambitious house-building programme is a great opportunity to get much-needed new schools built at no cost to the taxpayer. I’d like to see the planning process changed so developers find it easier to get planning consent if they’re proposing to build new schools alongside new houses.