Bring free-schools approach into FE, says NSN directo

The new director of the New Schools Network – the charity promoting free schools in England – has suggested that the free-school model should be applied in the further education sector.

Writing on the Conservative Home website yesterday, Unity Howard said a “new vision” for education was needed in the next decade – “one with a lifespan that exceeds just one parliamentary cycle”. “And if that vision is to resonate with those who voted Conservative for the first time, then it must centre on social mobility,” she claimed.

She said, however, that while more funding for this sector was “a good first step”, it “will not be enough of itself”.