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  • Imogen Phillips

Create: Schools Monthly News Round Up

Our monthly Free Schools Round Up will provide 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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AP Wave

With the application window for Alternative Provision free schools open, running until 17th February 2023, lead applicants and local authorities still have plenty of time to work on their applications. Following the deadline, applications will then be assessed, with successful applications to be announced early autumn next year.

Wave 15

The deadline has now passed for mainstream application submissions. It is expected that the interview stage of assessment will begin in March 2023, with approved applications to be announced later in the spring.

Special Wave

The deadline for local authorities to submit their applications to the DfE has now passed. The DfEpublished the list of local authoritiesapplicants last month, which can be found here. Once successful local authorities have been announced in early 2023, proposer groups will be able to apply to open special free schools.


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

Reforms have previously been announced to move towards ensuring an ‘excellent teacher in every classroom’, through widening QTS application routes to a larger range of countries by the end of 2023. However, these reforms will account for just an additional 619 teachers.

The DfE have announced a rise to pupil premium rates by 5% from April 2023, meaning an increase of an additional £70 per primary pupils and £50 per secondary pupils. Following these increases, pupil premium spending will be at £2.9 billion.

Ofsted have now published their 2021-22 annual report. The report summarises a year of inspections, noting that 64% of schools have not been inspected in the last five academic year, there are significant delays in the SEND system,

rises in unregistered AP placements and more.

£490 million has been committed to universities and colleges across Englandto improve facilities and training opportunities. Through this funding, students will have access to high quality training opportunities for strong career paths.

239 schools and sixth forms are to be part of a transformative renovation project across England. The new buildings will be modern education environments, to replace old, outdated facilities.

Fears of a widening achievement gap grow as data surrounding the National Tutoring Programme shows that in the last year 49% of tutoring reached disadvantaged pupils, below the original target of 65%.

Pip the therapy dog, previously known for walking 4.6 miles from his home in Bristol, is helping out in St Mary Redcliffe Primary school. Staff have reported a positive change in students, particularly those

struggling with their emotions and mental health.



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