Resources

The resources below have been developed by New Schools Network to support groups applying to open special free schools. These resources can be filtered by category using the function on the right. It is important that these resources are used in conjunction with the Department for Education's criteria for assessment.

Sites and buildings: ESFA site resource - Approval to handover

Sites and buildings: ESFA site resource - Free schools capital project team

Finance and procurement: Pre-opening budgeting tool

Finance and procurement: Pre-opening budget guidance

Staffing and education plans: Recruiting your free school Principal guidance

Governance: Growing your MAT guidance

Staffing and education plans: Staff recruitment guidance

Project Management: Project planning tool (2020 opening)

Staffing and education plans: Developing your education brief guidance