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We are looking to open new special free schools and alternative provision (AP) free schools in the places where new schools are most beneficial and needed.
The deadline for local authorities to submit an application for a new special or alternative provision free school was 15 October 2018. We received 65 bids, which we are currently assessing.
The guidance explains the criteria that all bids will be assessed against.
In early 2019 we will invite applications in the successful local authority areas to open around 30 special and AP free schools in total.