European Electronique Announce Free Schools Forum Event

Posted on behalf of Microsoft Partner European Electronique:

To share at first hand the experience of leading free school proposers and their advisors the Place Group has teamed up with European Electronique and Stone King LLP to organise: Free Schools Forum: The inside story of opening a Free School.

Tuesday 4th October, 8.30am ~ 13.30pm Cardinal Place, Victoria, London

While little more than a year old, the Free School policy has developed rapidly in terms of the entry requirements and assistance available. What is unlikely to change is the demands placed on proposers and proposer groups throughout the process. The myriad of tasks range from establishing the free school company through carrying out consultation and hiring the staff to governing the school effectively. The forum will explore each of these areas and give an independent insight into the reality of running a free school project.

Those opening schools in September 2011 are the pioneers in a new style of education in this country but how did they manage it? What was the real financial cost and what was the time, effort and emotional commitment?

Toby Young, founder of West London Free School and Peter Kessler, founder of Eden Primary in North London will be joined by leading expert advisors who have set up a range of free schools.

The Free Schools Forum is a unique opportunity to gain a personal insight and to share knowledge and experience of people who have been integrated in the process from its inception.

Participation for school proposers is free and all attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in a:

  • ½ day risk planning workshop
  • ½ day legal/governance workshop
  • ½ day ICT workshop
  • Evaluation of Office 365

Representatives from commercial organisations will be charged a fee of £495 plus VAT.


8.30 ~ 9.15 Coffee & Registration

9.15 ~ 9.30 Review Opening ~ Clare Riley ~ Microsoft

9.30 ~ 10.00 Free Schools Key Milestones & Events ~ Tom Legge Place Group

  • Getting Started
  • Avoiding meltdown
  • Crossing the line
  • Panel Q & A discussion

Muswell Hill Free School

10.00 ~ 10:45 Opening a Primary Free School ~ Peter Kessler , Muswell Hill Primary School

  • “What I’ve let myself in for”
  • Lessons Learned
  • Time & team commitment
  • Panel Q & A discussion

10.45 ~ 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 ~ 11.30 Legal & Governance Considerations Graham Burns, Stone King

  • Free Schools and the law
  • Getting governance right
  • Panel Q & A Discussion

11.30 ~ 12.00 ICT Planning can make all the difference Graham Fox, European Electronique

  • West London Free School & Bristol Free School Lessons Learned
  • Maximising provision & minimising disruption, externally hosted services can be key
  • Panel Q & A discussion

West London Free School

12.00 ~ 12.45 Toby Young , West London Free School

  • West London Free School turning vision into reality
  • Challenges and how we faced them
  • Looking Forward
  • Panel Q & A discussion

12.45 ~ 13.15 Review Close Clare Riley, Microsoft

  • Summary Q & A discussion
  • Event summary
  • Close

13:15 ~ 15:00 Buffet Lunch Served

  • Networking
  • Opportunity to meet speakers

Registration process

To register for this event please complete the online registration form. Participation for school proposers is free, representatives from commercial organisations will be charged £495 + VAT.


Location details



Telephone: 0844 800 2400

Map: MS website

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