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Governance: Writing your governance plan guidance

Establishing a strong governance structure in the pre-opening period is essential to the continued success of your trust and of your free school. During pre-opening, you will need to submit a complete governance plan to the DfE for approval. This guidance aims to provide an overview of what needs to be included in the governance plan you will submit to the DfE. It includes practical guidance and lessons learned from groups that have opened free schools in the past. 

Your group may benefit from more tailored advice from our governance associates, you may wish to consider the NSN Essentials Advisory Services or our Project Management Partnership. These services provide access to illustrations, exemplars and expert guidance developed to support school governance and the effective growth of MATs. 

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Project Management: Project planning tool (2023 opening)

Having strong project management is critical in ensuring all tasks in pre-opening are completed efficiently to allow your free school to open.  Your project manager needs to have a strong understanding of the various risks and tasks that your project will involve. An introduction to these is available from our opening tools. Based on vast experience and developed in line with the DfE’s pre-opening guidance, these tools will help you consider your project management tasks and schedules when preparing to open your free school.

If you are interested in working with NSN to deliver some of your pre-opening tasks, please contact preopen@newschoolsnetwork.org for more information. 

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Project Management: Project planning tool (2024 opening)

Having strong project management is critical in ensuring all tasks in pre-opening are completed efficiently to allow your free school to open.  Your project manager needs to have a strong understanding of the various risks and tasks that your project will involve. An introduction to these is available from our opening tools. Based on vast experience and developed in line with the DfE’s pre-opening guidance, these tools will help you consider your project management tasks and schedules when preparing to open your free school.

If you are interested in working with NSN to deliver some of your pre-opening tasks, please contact preopen@newschoolsnetwork.org for more information. 

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Project Management: Project management guidance

Having strong project management is critical in ensuring all tasks in pre-opening are completed efficiently to allow your free school to open.  Your project manager needs to have a strong understanding of the various risks and tasks that your project will involve. An introduction to these is available in our pre-opening  guidance. Based on vast experience and developed in line with the DfE’s pre-opening guidance, this guidance will help you consider your project management tasks and to understand the role of a project manager when preparing to open your free school.

If you are interested in working with NSN to deliver some of your pre-opening tasks, please contact preopen@newschoolsnetwork.org for more information. 

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