Application resources

NSN has created some resources that you will find useful when addressing difficult aspects of the DfE’s free school application criteria.

These resources set out presentational methods that have been effective for other groups when tackling the application. In most cases the resources are not a guide to everything you need to include in these sections, because they focus on meeting specific criteria, so for more comprehensive guidance on what should be included in each section please see our mainstream Free School Applicant’s Handbook.

Please also see our checklists for each section (below) and our reading list, which contains key resources covering the main aspects of putting together a free school proposal.

Section C

Section D: Education plan

Section E: Evidence of need

Section F: Capacity and Capability

Section G: Budget planning and affordability

Other useful links

  • Our checklist of tasks lists key tasks that we would advise applicants to do in order to strengthen your application and benefit your project in the pre-opening phase.