Resources

Search for guidance, case studies, videos and other resources to support the development of your school or trust.

All resources

Tool
Take out an annual membership to The Key for Schools Leaders or The Key for School Governors and receive two months’ free membership. With 14 months for the price of 12, join the 150 free schools already making use of The Key. Free schools that join both The Key for School Leaders and The Key for School Governors are eligible for an additional 15% discount.
As part of the pre-opening stage, free schools are required to ensure that all the relevant policies and procedures are in place in readiness for opening. Rather than time-poor, free schools leaders re-inventing the wheel, New Schools Network can share model policy documentation that all free schools must produce in pre-opening.
This sample education brief has been provided by Fulham Boys' School - a secondary free school that opened in 2014.
Tool
We have created a free school pre-opening project template using the free project management tool Trello. This is pre-loaded with the tasks that you need to complete in order to open your school successfully, and useful information to help you carry them out effectively.
Guide
This document outlines 21 key questions that the board members of all multi academy trusts should be able to answer.
Tool
This is to enable governing bodies to ensure they have sufficient expertise to carry out their core duties effectively.
Tool
A tool to help groups demonstrate and evaluate progress in key work streams during the pre-opening phase.
Guide
This guidance offers advice to free schools on how to communicate effectively in order to attract pupils and staff, and build the school's reputation in the long-term.
Guide
This resource offers guidance on how to engage with the media as you move towards opening your school.
Guide
This guidance offers practical advice on writing a report about the public consultation that all free schools must undertake during the pre-opening stage.