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Exclusive: NSN's Rachel Wolf takes new job in New York

The director of the New Schools Network is to step back from the organisation, to take up a new job in New York.
Rachel Wolf has led the free schools support organisation since she founded it in 2009. But early next year, she will take up a new post with News Corp's newly launched education division Amplify, whose chief executive is the city schools department’s former boss Joel Klein.
She will remain the NSN's chair, but day to day control will pass to Natalie Evans, currently its chief operating officer.
She told EducationInvestor: "I am incredibly excited by what Amplify is doing to re-imagine education and introduce more innovation into the classroom. I look forward to staying involved with NSN as chair and know that Natalie will lead the organisation from strength to strength."
Wolf will work under Larry Berger, the founder and chief executive of Wireless Generation, which Amplify bought last July.
In an email sent to free school promoter groups earlier this week, she wrote: "I have enjoyed my time at NSN hugely... Back in 2009, when I was part of a small group that created NSN, free schools were just a remote possibility. 
"Now they are a permanent part of the education landscape and the movement has real momentum."
In the same email, she revealed that NSN was changing the way it would support free school groups in future. 
From next year, groups wishing to open new free schools will be required to formally apply for the NSN's support and attend a short interview.
There are currently 79 free schools open, with around 100 more in the pipeline for next year.

Posted on: 21/11/2012

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