Pre-opening Project Management
At the end of last year, the DfE closed applications for another two waves of the national free schools programme. This included Wave 14 for mainstream free schools and Wave 2 for SEND/AP schools. Successful Wave 2 applicants have been announced recently and an announcement on the successful applicants for Wave 14 is expected in the coming months.
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PAG knows that entering the pre-opening phase is an exciting but daunting time. Since you submitted your application your position and capacity may have changed, and this is often an opportunity to take an honest assessment of your current situation. Ultimately, the pre-opening phase signals the beginning of you and your team delivering on what has likely been years of plans and hard work. Congratulations from all of us at PAG to successful applicants preparing to enter the pre-opening phase, and best wishes for the endeavours to come!
To learn more about us and how we can support you during the pre-opening phase, arrange a no-obligation chat with one of our project managers here.
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Bidding for funding
We have experience in assisting schools and trusts in obtaining government funding or other grant programmes. We provide tailored advice and strategic financial planning, to lead the production of comprehensive bids for funding. Examples of the types of funding we have helped our clients access recently are the Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF), the Emergency Strategic School Improvement fund (eSSIF, or the College Collaboration Funding (CCF).
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Free school applications
In the last year, PAG has supported over 25 trusts with free school applications in Wave 14 of the mainstream process, Wave 2 of the SEND free school process, and various LA competitions. Applications are drafted by a team of professionals who between them have proposed, opened and acted as a DfE Assessor or New Schools’ Network (NSN) Advisor for over 150 free schools including a significant number of special schools.
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