Academies

Department for Education written question – answered on 31st May 2022.

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Photo of Lord Watson of Invergowrie Lord Watson of Invergowrie Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of converting maintained schools to academy status through sponsorship or other means from September 2010 to March 2022; and what was the average cost of converting each school to academy status during that period.

Photo of Baroness Barran Baroness Barran The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

As of March 2022, the department has spent £495 million through our academies pre-opening grants to support schools to become academies. Average costs will vary significantly by project. The department has a range of available grants with set tariffs that contribute towards the costs to support schools to convert.

From 2010, the converter pre-opening grant has been set at £25,000 per academy.

The level of funding for sponsored pre-opening grants has varied since 2010, when the academies programme began to expand. From 2010 to 2013, the average award for sponsored academies was determined on a case-by-case basis. To ensure greater consistency and drive efficiencies, set tariffs for sponsored academies were established in 2013. Sponsored academies are now eligible for grants ranging from £70,000 to £150,000 per academy.

Cost of Sponsored and Converter Academies from 2010 to March 2022

Financial Year

Costs

2010-11

£67m

2011-12

£67m

2012-13

£65m

2013-14

£59m

2014-15

£48m

2015-16

£26m

2016-17

£54m

2017-18

£38m

2018-19

£30m

2019-20

£16m

2020-21

£15m

2021-22

£10m

Total

£495m

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