Free Schools are all-ability state-funded schools set up in response to parental demand. The most important element of a great education is the quality of teaching and Free Schools will enable excellent teachers to create schools and improve standards for all children, regardless of their background.
Under the new plans it will become much easier for charities, universities, businesses, educational groups, teachers and groups of parents to get involved and start new schools. Ministers are working right across Government to remove red tape which can prevent new schools from setting up, ranging from planning laws to the Department’s own school premises rules.
Any groups interested in establishing a new Free School may contact the New Schools Network to discuss their ideas before filling out a proposal form.
Information about the deadline for submitting proposals to open Free Schools.
General article 04 February 2011
The complete list of approved Free School proposals.
General article 31 January 2011
An introduction to Free Schools and brief description of their role, with a downloadable letter from Michael Gove to local authorities setting out the Department's new policy .
General article 28 October 2010
Information and guidance to aid procurement in Free Schools, including useful downloadable templates and forms.
General article 28 January 2011
Information on the principles of Free Schools funding and how revenue funding is calculated.
General article 02 February 2011
An outline of the four stages that groups wanting to set up a Free School need to follow.
General article 19 January 2011
A brief introduction to the downloadable form that proposers need to fill in to apply to set up a Free School.
General article 23 September 2010
An outline of what Free Schools are and who can set them up.
General article 04 August 2010