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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.
Guide
A step by step guide to writing your policies, including all statutory policies, as well as others recommended by the Department for Education.
Guide
This resources explains the key information that the DfE expect to see in any free school education brief, and the importance of this document in the pre-opening stage and beyond.
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.
Case study
This case study of the City of Bath College focuses on how they ensure that the quality of teaching is constantly high and improving.
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.
Guide
These guidance documents by the DfE are produced to help free schools develop their admissions and admissions appeals, and include a general guide, a template to draft your admissions arrangements, examples of admissions from existing schools, along with common issues and advice.
Guide
This document offers an overview of the different documents and statutory guidance from the DfE and EFA that you must adhere to, when developing the admission arrangements for your academy or free school.
Guide
This document from the Department for Education is the statutory guidance regarding the exclusion of pupils in maintained school and academies.