Open and pre-open free schools

NSN has supported open free schools since they first opened in 2011 by providing advice, training and networking opportunities. 

NSN’s deep institutional knowledge is supplemented by its team of Specialists – experienced specialists with strong track records supporting complex free school projects and growing MATs. Collectively, NSN’s Advisers and Specialists have worked on over 500 free school projects – ranging from supporting groups in the preopening phase, to setting up and working in free schools.

To find out more about our support for open free schools, see below. For a PDF version, please click here. If you have any further questions or queries, please contact

All support for open free schools is free and includes: