The West London Free School is the first of a new generation of schools created to allow parents, teachers and community groups greater control of their children’s education by actually allowing them to “build” and manage schools themselves. The Department of Education has received more than 250 applications from parties interested in setting up their own free schools, and this conference hopes to pass on many of the lessons learned by the West London Free School management team.
William Townsend, director of ESP Recruitment will be in attendance to help attendees understand the importance of recruiting suitably qualified and talented individuals to help with the day-to-day running of an educational establishment. A good management support team is essential to ensure that teaching staff can focus on delivering a quality education to pupils without worrying about finances, administration or technical issues.
“New schools are, as the name suggests, a totally new and exciting concept in education,” said William, “however, it is essential that the groups managing these establishments acquire the very best staffing talent. Running a school will be completely unlike anything many of these groups will have done before – at least they can rely on ESP to get the people right.”
The Free Schools Conference will also feature keynote addresses by Education Secretary Michael Gove and Labour peer Lord Adonis. Presentations will cover topics including admissions, financial management, legal issues and Local Authority interaction.
The one day conference is open exclusively to parties who have proposed new schools and is expected to attract visitors from across the country. The Free Schools Conference will be of greatest interest to the 102 parties who have had their applications approved by the Department for Education and are due to open in 2013.
“The Free Schools Conference is a great opportunity for people to learn what is required for successfully setting up a new school and to avoid the problems encountered by early adopters,” said Townsend, “We really look forward to working with this new breed of schools to raise a generation of well-educated young people.”
Full details and registration for the Free Schools Conference can be found on the West London Free School website. More details about ESP Recruitment are available at http://www.esp-