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.