During the pre-opening period, your group will need to turn the education plan you outlined in your application into reality: by recruiting a principal designate, finding other staff members and drawing up detailed education policies. As well as this, you will need to submit a strong Education Brief to the DfE, produce a range of statutory policies for the school and prepare for Ofsted inspections both before and after your school opens.
Having the right principal in place is critical to the early success of a free school and this appointment will shape the outcome of the other tasks associated with this work stream and others. The NSN guide to finding your principal designate will help your group focus on the skills you are looking for and how to run your recruitment to find the best possible person. We also have free guidance to download around recruiting other members of staff, preparing your Education Brief and preparing for Ofsted inspections (pre-registration and full).