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Free Schools Conference
Friday, 19 April 2013 - Central London



  • Chair: Anna Crispin
    Operations Director
    CfBT Schools Trust
  • Natalie Evans
    New Schools Network
  • Mary Groom
    Bates Wells Braithwaite
  • Helen Jenner
    Corporate Director,
    Children’s Services
    London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • John Johnson
    Assistant Director,
    Childrens Services (Standards and Schools Division)
    Wandsworth Borough Council
  • Gordon Boyd
    Assistant Director, Education Strategy and Commissioning
    Norfolk County Council
  • Lee Faith
    The Greenwich Free School
  • Kerstyn Comley
    Wapping High School
  • Mark Lehain 
    Bedford Free School
  • Thomas Packer
    Education Director
    West London Free School Trust


***Concessionary Rate Available for Free Schools***

The number of Free Schools set to open each year is rising rapidly. The Prime Minister and Education Secretary Michael Gove announced in July 2012 that 102 new Free Schools have been approved to open in 2013 and beyond. This represents a large increase on the number of Free Schools that opened in 2011/2012. 

Capita's Free Schools Conference will examine the rapidly expanding Free Schools Programme, offering you a unique insight into key policy developments driving this agenda forward.  Speakers will examine the practicalities of setting up Free Schools, and you will take away information on how to meet growing demand for school places through Free Schools.

The conference has been designed for local authority delegates and representatives from Free Schools who are keen to understand the challenges and opportunities that free schools provide.  

Targeted streamed sessions in the afternoon will focus on the practicalities of establishing or converting to Free School status and the role of local authorities in facilitating and managing growing numbers of Free Schools in the local area.

Key topics to be addressed include:

• Site acquisition and funding arrangements
• Engaging Free Schools in place planning and admissions
• Accountability and managing poor performance of Free Schools
• Ensuring strength in leadership and governance

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