Resources

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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.
Guide
This document provides information about the Department for Education funding available to academy trusts for sponsored projects. It covers both pre-opening and post-opening funds.
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NSN's pre-opening budget tool helps free schools in pre-opening plan how they will spend their Project Development Grant.
Guide
Advice about procurement for school leaders, business managers and governing bodies of free schools, including how to identify what is needed, finding suppliers and purchasing goods.
Video
Our governance and finance specialist, Graeme Hornsby, offers his advice on what financial issues governors in free schools need to be particularly mindful of and how finances can be managed and controlled effectively.
Guide
This guidance is designed to help you think about how you can meet your staffing needs and design a robust recruitment policy that allows you to recruit the best teachers available.
Guide
This guidance summarises advice from successful free schools on how they can make effective spending decisions during the pre-opening stage.
Guide
This document produced by the Department for Education offers brief guidance on spending the pupil premium, service premium or early years pupil premium, directed at school admission authorities or local authorities.
Guide
The Department for Education has produced a guide for achieving better value for money when buying ICT products and services for your school.
Video
A video presentation explaining what the Conditional Improvement fund (CIF) is, what it can be used for, and how to apply.