Toby Young resigns as head of New Schools Network

Young had faced calls to resign after it came to light that he'd made sexist comments on Twitter

Toby Young
Toby Young

Toby Young has resigned as the chief executive of the free schools charity the New Schools Network, the charity’s trustees have announced.

Young had faced calls from the National Education Union to quit his post at the charity after "sexist and misogynistic" comments he made on Twitter came to light.

The comments led to Young’s departure in January from the board of the higher education regulator the Office for Students, and he apologised "unreservedly" for the comments in an article for The Spectator magazine.

In a statement, the trustees of the New Schools Network said Young was resigning because he "has concluded that the media attention his continuing presence at the helm of NSN is attracting has become a distraction from the vital work it is doing".

An interim director will be appointed by the charity in due course, the statement said.

Young said: "NSN is a wonderful charity and it has been a great honour to serve as its director.

"NSN has worked with two-thirds of the 691 free schools that have opened or been approved to open so far and the charity will, I am sure, remain at the heart of what is proving to be the most successful education policy of the post-war period."

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