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Find examples of best practice in free schools, examples of how they have overcome challenges specific to new schools, as well as policy updates and quick how to guides. This information is aimed at existing free schools and those in pre-opening.

NSN has been travelling up and down the country offering free schools that are open or approved to open the chance to visit existing free schools and learn about how they operate. Our most recent event took place at West London Free School in Hammersmith, who welcomed a number of attendees from across the country to come and take a look around.
On Tuesday 22nd November, Marine Academy Primary in Plymouth, who received an ‘Outstanding’ in every category in their first Ofsted inspection, kindly hosted representatives from other free school groups based in the South West.
NSN has been travelling up and down the country offering free schools that are open or approved to open the chance to visit existing free schools and learn about how they operate. On 27th June, St. Martin’s Primary School in Chester, who recently received an ‘Outstanding’ in every category in their first Ofsted, kindly hosted representatives from other free schools from around the country.
In early July NSN organized an event for the principal designates, finance directors and governors of free schools opening this September. Building on a popular event we held last year, ‘Leading your free school’ was an intensive two-day package of support and advice, preparing free school leaders for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Samantha Blyth, director of schools, Canvas
NSN has been travelling up and down the country offering free schools that are open or approved to open the chance to visit existing free schools and learn about how they operate. Our most recent event took place at Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford, who welcomed a number of attendees from across the country to come and take a look around.
NSN has been travelling up and down the country offering free schools that are open or approved to open the chance to visit existing free schools and learn about how they operate. Our most recent event took place at Hatfield Community Free School in Hertfordshire, who welcomed a number of attendees from across the country to come and take a look around.
NSN's Spotlight visits offer free schools that are open or approved the chance to visit existing successful free schools. In November we visited School 21 in Stratford, an ‘Outstanding’ all-through school that was opened by a group of teachers in 2012.
NSN's Spotlight visits offer free schools that are open or approved the chance to visit existing successful free schools. In November we took leaders from 13 free schools to The Lighthouse School in Leeds, an 11-19 school for pupils with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC) or related communication disorder.
Establishing pupils’ starting points is crucial for any new free school as it will enable you to record the progress they make whilst they are with you. It is particularly important for Ofsted, who will rely on evidence of this progress when making judgments about your school.