Preparing to open


NSN has supported free school groups in pre-opening since 2014. NSN’s unrivalled knowledge and experience has been informed by its work with over two-thirds of open and approved free school groups throughout the application and pre-opening phases.

The NSN Delivery Programme has been designed to address the challenges of the rigorous pre-opening process. Whilst proposer groups have a wealth of skills and expertise, the NSN Delivery Programme fills gaps in capacity and capability, providing a range of support options to prepare schools for a successful opening.

NSN’s exclusive programme of advice, support and products have been developed to comply with Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency guidance, and focuses on the areas that our experience shows will provide free schools with the most value in pre-opening. Our dynamic and adaptable team has built a solid reputation for professionalism and expertise; NSN Advisers and Specialists have worked on over 500 free school projects – ranging from supporting groups in the pre-opening phase, to setting up and working in free schools.

The core elements of the Delivery Programme are outlined below in more detail. Although presented as distinct services, NSN is quite accustomed to ‘bespoking’ its services to best meet the needs of free school groups. In each instance, NSN’s experienced Advisers will look to develop a tailored proposal that offers additional support in areas where the group has reduced capacity and/or capability, and remove elements where work has already been completed.

To find out more about the Delivery Programme’s services, click below; to read our full Delivery Programme brochure, click here. To read about our free support for groups in pre-opening and beyond, click here. If you have any further questions or queries, please contact