DCSF selected local authorities to participate in the extended schools subsidy pathfinder on the basis of Government office nominations. DCSF asked each Government office to nominate two local authorities and two reserves to participate in the extended schools subsidy pathfinder.
DCSF asked Government offices to consider the following issues in making their nominations:
The need for the 18 pathfinder local authorities to reflect a representative national range of characteristics. For example, urban/rural, high deprivation across the authority/pockets of deprivation in a more affluent authority.
To nominate authorities whose schools are well on the way to meeting the extended school core offer.
To nominate authorities according to the Government office's judgment of LA's capacity to deliver the pathfinders.