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Free Schools

Education written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the value for money per pupil spend in free schools in England.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Once open, free schools are funded on an equivalent basis to academies and maintained schools in the same local authority area. Free schools also receive funding for necessary costs associated with setting up a new school, which is at similar levels to funding which local authorities provide when establishing new maintained schools.

We expect the overall capital cost of the first 24 free schools to be between £110 million and £130 million, which compares favourably to the average capital costs of Building Schools for the Future projects.

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