Following a competitive bidding process, the Department for Education has approved grant funding for the New Schools Network (NSN) to provide pre-application support to parents, teachers and community groups and others hoping to open Free Schools. The NSN is a registered charity.
The grant will be a maximum of £400,000 for the remainder of this financial year (2011-12), and a maximum of £650,000 in 2012-13. There is an option to extend the grant for one year beyond this.
The grant is expected to commence on 1 November 2011, subject to final negotiations on the grant agreement. This will be published in due course.
We will release details of the application process to set up a Free School in 2013 later this year.
More information can be found in the In the News pages of this website.
Information about the grant awarded to the New Schools Network (NSN) by the Department for Education.