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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.
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A step by step guide to writing your policies, including all statutory policies, as well as others recommended by the Department for Education.
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When recruiting a principal, new free schools face some unique challenges. This guidance offers practical advice about how to approach these issues, based on lessons learnt by existing free schools.
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Academy Ambassadors has placed over 60 senior business leaders as Non-Executive Directors across England. This brochure details how the Academy Ambassadors team can help you recruit the board your academy trust needs.
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This guidance summarises advice from successful free schools on how they can make effective spending decisions during the pre-opening stage.
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This guide, produced by the IAA, gives a quick overview of the legal framework for recruitment within academies and free schools.
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Great trustees build, grow and sustain great academy trusts. This guide focuses on advice on how to attract and recruit new independent trustees to your trust from the world of business and the professions.
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NSN and TES have partnered to give open free schools and those in pre-opening a discount on advertising staff vacancies and using TES' search and selection services.
These exemplar pay policies, presented by the DfE, are based on those used by existing Good and Outstanding academies, and can be easily adapted for use in your own school.