This event is now over and took place on Thu 08 May 2014

Event Summary

Everything 2015 applicant groups need to know to hit the ground running post approval

We hope that you will shortly receive good news from the DfE that you have been approved to open a free school. The next step will be to think about your pre-opening year. This timely event will address the first issues and challenges that you are likely to face.

Topics for the evening include:

  • Project management and finance – different approaches, key issues to consider – what’s involved; who to choose; setting up your systems, important finance principles, the regulatory regime
  • Procurement of services – how to properly fulfil procurement requirements
  • Governance and the legal structure of the free school – the legal structure of the free school; how the project steering group relates to the governing body; responsibilities of governors and legal processes to follow in pre-opening

We will also have representatives from recently opened free schools and those currently in their pre-opening year who will be on hand to provide their comments on the big challenges.




5pm registration 
5.30pm session start
7pm refreshments and networking


BWB, 2-6 Cannon St., London EC4M 6YH

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