Image Latest news from NSN New NFER research, commissioned by NSN, shows impact of free schools. Image How we can help If you're interested in opening a free school, we can help. Applications to join the Development Programme are now open. Image Free schools: the basics Free schools are new state schools, independent of local authorities. Charities, groups of teachers, existing schools and parents can set up new schools if they have the necessary knowledge and experience. Image NSN Delivery Programme The NSN Delivery Programme fills gaps in capacity and capability, providing a range of support options to prepare schools for a successful opening. Image What are free schools? For parents, students and everyone interested in education: Look for new schools in your area and get the basic facts and figures about free schools. Image Set up a free school Start here for a step-by-step guide on setting up a new school, to register with NSN or apply for a place on the Development Programme. Image Pre-open free schools For free schools that have been approved to open, the NSN Delivery Programme provides advice and support to ensure the successful opening of free schools. Image Open free schools For free schools that are open, our network provides advice, support and networking opportunities to ensure your free school is successful.