Facilitated by Thomas Packer, former Founding Headmaster of the West London Free School: the first Free School to sign a Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education.
Modules can be delivered at your setting or another location by mutual agreement. Costs will vary depending on your individual requirements.
Session 1 – Where next? What remains to be done? An in depth look at what challenges lie ahead as the school grows and how to build up year-on-year. This session will focus on looking at the tasks that lie ahead with practical tips and a discussion of the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. We shall look at the key issues of staffing, finance, monitoring service contracts and monitoring teaching and learning, as well as the conflict between growing the school and the day to day running of it. We shall end with a close look at the Ofsted Inspection Framework and how you can become ‘Ofsted Ready’.
Session 2 – How do we ensure the school remains stable? Governance. How Governors can secure the future of the School.This session will focus on looking at how Governors can make a difference. We shall look at what good Governance looks like and how Governors move from Founders to members of the Board. We shall also be considering the Head’s role in working with Governors to secure the school’s future.
Session 3 – How do we ensure the school is fully subscribed? Marketing. A practical session. The importance of Marketing a school in its infancy cannot be underestimated. This session will focus on the practicalities of marketing: the importance of the website and communication, open days, meetings and other opportunities.
Session 4 – In the Public Gaze. How to handle the Media and turn it to your advantage. A theoretical and practical session.This session will focus on how to manage the Media and use it as a marketing advantage at every opportunity. We shall look at the various scenarios: TV, Radio and printed Media as well as the differences between live and recorded broadcasts.