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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
Drawing from the experiences of the free schools inspected so far, this document offers practical advice for free schools facing their first Ofsted inspection.
Guide
This handbook describes the main activities undertaken by inspectors during a Section 5 Ofsted inspection, as well as the judgements that inspectors make.
Presentation
In early July 2016 NSN organized an event for the principal designates, finance directors and governors of free schools opening in the coming September. Resources from the intensive two-day package of support and advice, preparing free school leaders for the challenges and opportunities ahead, can be found in this folder.
Video
A series of videos from Ofsted's national leads, focusing on their specialisms and key issues in these areas. This series focuses on the SEND Inspection Framework; Lesley Cox and Mary Rayner, National Leads for special educational needs and disability, talk about their work.
Video
Brigid Tullie explains how she led Batley Grammar School through the conversion process, from independent to free school.
Checklist
A resource itemising the regulations that your school will be assessed against during the pre-registration Ofsted inspection. You should be able to provide evidence showing that your school complies/will comply with each of the regulations listed.
Video
To help free schools prepare for their first Ofsted inspection, we asked the Principals of 'Good and 'Outstanding' free schools for their top tips.
In summer 2014, NSN held a training event for open free schools on how to prepare for Ofsted.