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Overestimate of pupil numbers for Free Schools.

Overestimate of pupil numbers for Free Schools.

Overestimates meant free schools received £40m more from the DfE than they were supposed to – with £1.3 million already having been written off 


At least a quarter of all free schools have overestimated their pupil rolls, resulting in payments of more than £40 million for unfilled places.

And the government has written off another £1.3 million for schools that have struggled to recruit pupils or have closed, a Freedom of Information response from the Department for Education reveals.

The most recent write-off was for the troubled Collective Spirit free school in Oldham, which closed at very short notice last summer after it had been placed in special measures the year before.

It had £248,661 written off in 2016-17 – the latest year for which figures are available. 

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