Planning for Pre-Opening: Everything 2015 applicant groups need to know to hit the ground running post approval

BWB’s schools team invites you to an evening to discuss your pre-opening year.

Dates & Times

December 9, 2013 @ 12:00 am

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 are:

• Project management – different approaches, key issues to consider when planning and choosing a project manager;
• 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.

At the end of the evening there will be chance for informal networking.

We hope that you or other members of your group will be able to join us for the evening.


5.00pm Arrival and registration (tea/coffee)
5.30pm Introduction
6.00pm Workshops
7.30pm Refreshments