News story: Free school applications: updated guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) updated the free school application guide on 27 July 2015.

The deadline for applications to establish a wave 10 free school is 7 October 2015. There will be further waves with closing dates in March and September each year for the rest of this Parliament.

The free school application guide includes information on:

  • things to know before you start
  • getting started
  • how to prepare and submit an application
  • the application, assessment and interview
  • support for applicants

The DfE has also published application forms for:

Find out more about opening a free school.

The New Schools Network can provide information and advice on how to set up a free school.

If you wish to apply to establish a studio school, you should apply through this free school process from wave 11 in March 2016. Further information about studio schools is available from the Studio Schools Trust.

Since 2010 the government has opened over 250 free schools, creating over 125,000 school places. We will be working towards at least 500 new free schools by the end of this Parliament. By 2020, the government will have created over 400,000 new free school places.

Guidance: SLASC 2016: technical specification

This is technical information about submitting data for the school-level annual school census 2016.

It’s for:

  • suppliers of software for school management information systems (MIS)
  • users of school MIS software

It applies to registered independent schools only.

The specification describes:

  • what data schools should supply
  • how to structure the data in XML

Software suppliers should use the list of validation rules so that schools can validate the data they submit.

You should also read the common basic data set (CBDS). This defines common data items that schools use in MIS software and that we use in our data collections.

More guidance on submitting data for the school-level annual school census is available.

Research and analysis: SEND pathfinder programme: final report

The report covers the second 18 months of the pathfinder programme, ending in September 2014, and looks at its effect on:

  • families’ satisfaction with the systems and processes in place to obtain support for their child
  • families’ views about the amount and quality of support available to them
  • families’ views about their own and their child’s health and well being
  • the cost of the assessment and planning processes for obtaining SEND support

Statistics – national statistics: Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2013 to 2014

Permanent and fixed-period exclusions within the 2013 to 2014 academic year in:

  • state-funded primary schools
  • state-funded secondary schools
  • special schools (schools for children with special educational needs or disabilities)

It includes information on:

  • reasons schools report for excluding pupils
  • exclusions for different pupil groups
  • independent exclusion review panels

It is based on exclusion data collected via the school census.

School absence and exclusions team

Statistics: Income and expenditure in academies in England: 2013 to 2014

These experimental statistics present information on the income and expenditure in academies.

We used the 2013 to 2014 academic year accounts returns completed by each academy trust.

Use the Academies Financial Benchmarking website to compare the income and expenditure of different academies.

Contact details

Academies financial benchmarking team