In addition to these resources, which are aimed specifically at guiding you through the application process, we have a wide range of other resources that look at specific areas of the application in more detail on our Resources page.
Alternative provision schools
This guidance is designed to give step-by-step advice on each section of the application form to set up a free school.
NSN has created some resources that you will find useful when addressing difficult aspects of the DfE’s free school application criteria.
Your vision is what you want your school and your pupils to achieve.
Your education plan should explain how your curriculum will deliver your vision for the school.
You must show that there is a need for your proposed free school in your area.
Your referral process must ensure that your school admits pupils whose needs it can effectively meet.
You will need to demonstrate to the DfE that you have robust plans for how your free school will be governed and a strong team to deliver the school.
Every application has to show that the planned schools will be financially viable.
Guidance on what you can do to identify a site at application stage.
Applicants need to submit detailed information on team members to allow the DfE to perform background checks.