PAG Launches Universal, Free Support to Free School Applicants
ew Schools Network announced recently that the Department for Education will no longer be providing funding for NSN to support free school applicant groups. Premier Advisory Group (PAG) has taken the decision to fill this gap in provision by launching a universal, free advice service to all free school proposers.
Whether you are planning an application for Wave 15, prepping for a LA competition, or considering a bid for new AP or SEND provision, PAG will review your application free of charge. While the free schools programme has matured significantly over a decade, we believe there is still a requirement for high-quality, experienced support for applicant groups – be they established MATs or parent proposers.
PAG will provide a full review of your application free of charge and provide you with clear guidance as to which areas should be addressed to make a good application a great application. Our advice is built on a heritage in successful free school applications that dates back to the start of the programme in 2010.
Whether you are planning an application for Wave 15, prepping for a LA competition or considering a bid for new AP or SEND provision, PAG will review your application free of charge.
Discussing this move, Tom Legge, Managing Director of Premier Advisory Group said:
“New Schools Network was one of the reasons why the Directors of PAG entered and stayed in education consultancy. Our organisations have worked together, side by side and, in some cases, competitors since PAG was formed. Therefore, it was disappointing but not surprising to hear that DfE had stopped funding support for applicant groups.
The programme is now dominated by multi-academy trusts and this has changed the aspect of the support required in many cases. While any application needs to be produced to a very high quality, there are often wider considerations as free schools tend to be one part of an over all strategic development plan. PAG is able to offer its advice in this context and grounded in a deep understanding of the wider education sector, its policy and politics.”
If you have a bid for a new school you would like PAG to review, are considering bidding in a future competition or just want to discuss your options for growth, call us on 0345 459 7600 or book an initial discussion here.