Free School Support Service

Our team are experienced in supporting schools to write free school bids and prepare for the free school DfE interview.  Once a bid has been successful we will support you to prepare for your pre-opening Ofsted inspection and DfE readiness for opening meeting.  

Free School Pre-Opening Support Service

Our experienced Free School consultant will support the Principal and Governing Body by offering monthly visits in preparation for your pre-opening Ofsted visit. Each visit will be followed up with a development plan with practical guidance to ensure you are fully prepared for the opening of your new school. Our visits will support you to: 

  • Navigate the consultation process and produce an effective consultation document 
  •  Develop an education brief 
  •  Market your new school effectively 
  •  Manage the recruitment process for the first cohort of learners 
  •  Ensure your website is complaint 
  •  Ensure you have the correct policies and procedures in place 
  •  Prepare for your funding agreement 
  •  Prepare for your pre-opening Ofsted visit 
  •  Recruit teaching and support staff for the 1st year of opening

Free School Post-Opening Support Service

Our experienced Free School consultant will visit your school each term to carry out a thorough review covering every aspect of the common inspection framework in preparation of the first full Ofsted inspection. We will moderate your progress data, lesson observations and carry out book scrutiny thus ensuring internally produced data is externally moderated on a termly basis. 

 Each visit will be followed by a written report, which will take the form of a development plan with practical guidance to ensure you feel supported to make any recommended improvements.

Free School – Training Programme

Preparing for your first Ofsted inspection     Full day
Securing long term financial viability for your school    Half day
Effective classroom support for Teaching Assistants    Half day
Effective Behaviour Management     Half day
Governing development workshops    Evening/twilight

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"This is our first year of working with Judicium School Improvement. They have been both challenging and at the same time, very supportive. We are so pleased with the impact of their input, that we have already signed then up again for our next academic year.” Claire McCarron, Headteacher, Stockport

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