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Site and buildings: Tool 7 - Planning readiness

Gaining planning approval for your school development is a major milestone and one that always carries a risk of refusal, delay and unforeseen conditions being attached. Ensuring you and your team understand the risks involved as well as the mechanisms for gaining approval and how your team will plan for the application process is key.

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Site and buildings: Tool 8 - Best practice building operations

This brief guide is not intended to provide the detail of how to run your building, rather its intent is to guide proposer groups in pre-opening on aspects to consider prior to taking over the running of your building.

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Educational statement: Mission, vision and values

Developing a vibrant educational statement represents one of the first challenges awaiting newly-approved free school groups in pre-opening. An effective educational statement should clearly elucidate why the school is needed, what it aspires to achieve, as well as articulating how it hopes to do so. 

This short guide provides a brief overview of the purpose of the educational statement, before breaking down its component parts further.

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Student marketing and admissions: Marketing budget tool

A key task of the pre-opening period is recruiting your first cohort of pupils. Pupil recruitment affects almost every other aspect of your project: financial viability, curriculum planning, and staff recruitment. This tool is intended to help mainstream free school groups plan their marketing spend by setting out the main blocks of expenditure and providing suggested budget allocations for each. 

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Exemplar marketing strategy

A key task of the pre-opening period is recruiting your first cohort of pupils. Pupil recruitment affects almost every other aspect of your project: financial viability, curriculum planning, and staff recruitment. This exemplar strategy document delineates the main marketing aims and objectives for a fictional free school, before outlining how key stakeholders and audiences will be targeted. This document should be used in conjunction with NSN’s marketing and communications guidance and marketing budget tool, which provide further information about the specific tasks involved in each marketing phase.

To download this resource, you need to be enrolled on to one of NSN’s paid-for Delivery Programme services. For information about these services, please click here. Alternatively, feel free to contact us by emailing open@newschoolsnetwork.org or phone (020 7537 9208). Already a member? Login here.