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2019 Openers Event

Event details

‘2019 Openers Event’ is a two day event for the principal designates and trust representatives of free schools due to open in 2019. The event provides an opportunity to prepare to successfully lead your free school through the final months of pre-opening and through its first year. This event is free of charge.

The two day event will be divided into two distinct parts of free school leadership:

Day One: Final stages of pre-opening (9:30 - 16:30)

This day will feature a series of sessions focusing on the information needed to successfully navigate the final months of the pre-opening stage. The agenda will include:

  • Working with the DfE in the run up to opening and in your first year
  • Talk from Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System
  • Preparation for Ofsted Pre-Registration Inspection and Readiness to Open meeting
  • Final stages of site
  • Ongoing pupil engagement
  • Building relationships with commissioners for special and alternative provision schools

Each school may register two delegates for Day One. We recommend that each free school registers one senior leader (preferably the principal designate, if appointed) and one trust representative (such as the project lead).

The event will be followed by a drinks reception until 18:00.


Day Two: Leading your free school in year one (9:30 - 15:00)

This day will focus on the topics relevant to leading a new free school and will develop participants’ understanding of what to expect from the first year as a free school leader.

The sessions will be delivered by NSN and Ambition School Leadership, and will be facilitated by free school leaders Sebastien Chapleau, Headteacher of La Fontaine Academy and Jan Balon, Headteacher of London Academy of Excellence Tottenham.

Sessions will include:

  • Your vision and school culture
  • Strategic school improvement planning
  • Building your team
  • Strategic curriculum planning

Each school may register one delegate for Day Two. This day is aimed specifically at senior leaders (preferably the principal designate, if appointed) and will be a great opportunity for them to network with others in their opening cohort, and to reflect and plan for their first year of leadership.

Please fill out the RSVP form above to register your attendance. If you require overnight accommodation for this event, details of hotels local to the venue can be found here.

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch at open@newschoolsnetwork.org. We look forward to seeing you there.

"Thought provoking, challenging and inspirational in equal measure."

"Very relevant and valuable opportunity to gain new information, hear from colleagues in similar and different contexts, be inspired and have time to think."

"It is clear that NSN are partners who are determined for you to succeed."

"An absolutely essential part of any free school’s journey towards successful opening."

"A truly inspiring day that supported and developed me to ensure our school is on the right path to opening and becoming outstanding."