Previous groups on the Development Programme
This is the third year in which NSN has operated its Development Programme. Following its success over the last 2 years we have expanded it significantly this year.
Overall, NSN has worked with 70% of all the almost 300 Free Schools that are now open or have been approved to open. However, we have been privileged to work especially closely with a number of these groups through our Development Programme:
Development Programme 2013 Cohort
In 2011-2012 we helped 17 groups in the Development Programme present their applications to the DfE to open new Free Schools in 2013. Of these, 14 were approved to move into the pre-opening stage. Thes groups are now looking forward to opening their new schools in September this year. You can find profiles of some of these groups and links to their projects in the document below:
Development Programme 2014 Cohort
Building on the success of the first year of the Development Programme, in 2012-2013 NSN increased the number of Free School groups it helped through the programme. Of the groups we supported, 81% were shortlisted for interview by the DfE and 76% of these were approved to open. The DfE don’t publish statistics on Free School applicants but we understand that these figures are significantly higher than the proportion of applicants which were interviewed or approved overall. We are delighted to have seen so many of the groups we supported be approved to open Free Schools from 2014 onwards. You can find profiles of all the groups which we supported through the Development Programme in the document below:
Please note that though we expect our Development Programme to provide groups with significant additional support, it is not linked to the DfE's assessment process in any way.