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Create: Schools Monthly News Round-Up

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

Our monthly Free Schools Round-Up provides you with education news from the last month, featuring key updates on the individual free school waves and free school and academy news highlights.


Key Updates on Waves

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Special Wave

The deadline for Local Authorities to submit their applications to the DfE has now passed. Once successful Local Authorities have been announced in early 2023, proposer groups will be able to apply to open special free schools.

AP Wave

The pre-registration window for lead applicants has now closed. Partnerships will be able to submit their final applications between 28th November 2022 and 17th February 2023. Applications will then be assessed, with successful applications to be announced early autumn next year.

Wave 15

With the final application submission date at the end of November, proposers who have registered their interest should be in the process of putting their applications together. Submission of applications is via email to by 5pm on30th November.


Free Schools in the News: This Month's Top Stories

With one in four children starting secondary school with reading standards lower than expectations, discussions will be taking place in Westminster to address the need for improving literacy in young people.

Following investigation from the Equality and Human Rights Commission identifying a serious issue of discrimination against afro-textured hair and hairstyles, schools are being urged to review their existing uniform policies to ensure pupils are not unjustly penalised.

The National Education Union reported that 4/5 of its members who responded to an initial ballot said they were willing to strike. A formal strike ballot is now being launched from October 31st – 9thJanuary 2023.

On October 17th, 2022, the Department for Education announced the latest round of Trust Capacity Funding (TCaF4). The government is offering strong academy trusts grants ranging up to £300,000 for trusts which expand to include schools in education investment areas, with Ofsted rating of ‘inadequate’ or 'requires improvement’.

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The winners of the annual NASEN awards have been announced, recognising the achievements of schools, individuals, organisations and young people for their work for children with SEND and disabilities.

The charity ‘Chefs in Schools’ have been working with schools to allow children to grow and cook their school meals, with the hopes of protecting the environment and improving food education in students.


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