Transparency data

Revenue spending on free schools

DfE pre- and post-opening spending costs for free schools.


Free schools expenditure

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Revenue expenditure by DfE on free school projects that opened or were withdrawn since 2011.

DfE gives free school trusts a project development grant to cover the costs of preparing to open a school (the pre-opening stage).

Post-opening funding allows schools to pay for essential costs, such as buying books and equipment, as schools increase their capacity.

Information about capital funding for free schools is also available.

Published 18 October 2013
Last updated 17 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated document includes 2015 data.
  2. Spreadsheet updated.
  3. Updated spreadsheet
  4. First published.