About the Development Programme
Groups on the Development Programme can access a combination of the following range of services based on your needs, as assessed by our team:
A named personal NSN Adviser who will work with you on the development of your application.
Networking with other free schools.
Feedback on your proposal from specialist free school advisers in education, operations, finance and governance, including former head teachers, school business managers, and specialists in alternative provision and special education.
A personalised support plan to help you complete the application to a good standard.
Written feedback on drafts of your application.
A series of tailored workshops on completing a high quality application and opening a good school.
A mock interview designed to replicate the interview you would have with the DfE if you were invited to one. If you have already been through the free school application process we may not be able to offer this to you.
Support to help with marketing your school, gathering evidence of parental demand and travel costs. Financial support may be available, although this is not guaranteed and the level of support will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that the Development Programme is in no way linked to the DfE’s assessment process.
Enrolling on Development Programme
Our enrolment window for free school applicants aiming to submit an application to the DfE in the Wave 13 application round has now closed. We are not going to have another window until the DfE have released the new criteria for this round. However, we are still accepting groups onto the Development Programme on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to access this support, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The enrolment process
Development Programme groups
We are currently working with a wide range of applicant groups, and you can find out more about their projects here. We have also worked with many of the free schools that are open or have been approved to open. Find out more about these schools and the education they offer here.
You can read more about groups we have worked with here.