Consultation outcome

Schools that work for everyone

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Our response to the Schools that work for everyone consultation. It details a package of measures which are intended to foster cross-sector collaboration in order to improve outcomes for pupils across the education system, and create new good school places that are accessible for all children of all backgrounds.

We have also published a Memorandum of understanding with the Grammar School Heads Association (GSHA) and a Joint understanding with the Independent Schools Council (ISC), who commit to work in partnership with state schools to support these objectives.

You can find out more about how to apply for funding in our Selective schools expansion fund guide. You can also read our guidance on how to set up a free school.

Original consultation


We’re seeking views on creating more good school places.

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Consultation description

We’re consulting on proposals to create more good school places. The proposals include:

  • expecting independent schools to support existing state schools, open new state schools or offer funded places to children whose families can’t afford to pay fees
  • asking universities to commit to sponsoring or setting up new schools in exchange for the ability to charge higher fees
  • allowing existing selective schools to expand and new selective schools to open, while making sure they support non-selective schools
  • allowing new faith free schools to select up to 100% of pupils based on their faith, while making sure they include pupils from different backgrounds
Published 12 September 2016
Last updated 11 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added the government's consultation response along with links to the guides on setting up a free school and the selective schools expansion fund.
  2. A clarification was made to page 31 of the document and an additional data table was added to provide further information.
  3. First published.