Getting started

We have drawn together resources, events and service providers relevant to the various routes through which schools and trusts can expand, develop and collaborate.

The pre-opening phase is where you take the ideas your have written in your free school application and translate them into reality.
There are particular challenges that free schools face once open, including facing Ofsted with only a small amount of data.
To decide on the method of expansion that you wish to pursue you will need to think carefully about what you want to achieve.
Academy sponsors are required throughout the country to support and improve underperforming schools of all kinds.
There are a number of ways that schools can collaborate, from loose agreements to sharing expertise, to more formal collaboratives with combined purchasing, back office functions and CPD.
Conversion brings with it a number of freedoms that will allow you to adapt your curriculum, set your own employment conditions for staff, and manage your entire budget.