Local authorities can adapt the annex A model specification to specify what they need from proposers.
New school proposers can use the annex B model application form to submit their proposals to the local authority.
Both local authorities and proposers should refer to annex C, the model criteria for presumption schools, when seeking proposals or making applications.
Both local authorities and proposers should refer to annex D, pre-opening expectations, for information about the requirements (some of which are statutory) to be fulfilled during the pre-opening phase.
Replaced the 'Free school presumption guidance' and Annexes A, B, C and D with updated versions.
Updated the free school presumption guidance to reflect the expectation that local authorities should involve the department in the assessment process and added a section on community cohesion. Added annex D covering pre-opening expectations.
Updated 'Academy and free school presumption: guidelines' document.
Updated guidance and all annex documents as of May 2018.
Updated advice and added local authority specification form, proposer application form and model criteria for new schools.