The Emergency School Improvement Fund (ESIF)

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The Emergency School Improvement Fund (ESIF) Explained The Emergency School Improvement Fund (ESIF) from the Department for Education (DfE) is a crucial fund for schools to address challenges that demand immediate intervention. It is designed to offer financial support to schools that are facing unexpected or imminent failure in various areas such as leadership, governance, safeguarding, human resources, and finance.What is …

PAG Explains: Trust Capacity Funding 2022

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PAG Explains: Trust Capacity FundingThe DfE recently opened the next round of Trust Capacity Funding, which closes on the 16th of December. The Trust Capacity Fund is a competitive grant that is available for academy trusts with eligible growth projects and maintained schools forming academy trusts. Applicants can be awarded up to £300,000 in funding, depending on their circumstances, to …

PAG Explains: Opening a Free School

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PAG Explains: Opening a Free School Free schools were a central tenet of Conservative education policy going into the 2010 election. The Programme was launched shortly after the coalition government came into power and by 2013, 174 free schools had opened across the country. Today this number stands at over 600 open free schools.At the time, PAG’s managing director, Tom …

PAG Explains: Local Authority Competitions

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PAG Explains: Local Authority CompetitionsIf you are looking to open a free school, there are two main ways of doing so. One is through the central free school waves, which are currently open (find out more here). The second way is through a local authority competition.A local authority competition, or the free school presumption process as it is also known, …

PAG Explains: Free School Bid Writing

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PAG Explains: Free School Bid WritingWith the Department for Education’s announcement back in June of three new free school waves, many trusts and local authorities are now faced with the daunting, and potentially unfamiliar task of writing a free school bid. Here at PAG, we have a team of expert consultants with a wealth of bid writing experience across a …