DfE writes off free school funding | Schools Week

More wasted money…

The government has written off £800,000 it was unable to claw back from free schools.Schools Week revealed last month that the DfE needed to claw back £11 million from more than 100 free schools after they failed to recruit the expected numbers of pupils in the past academic year.New free schools are initially funded on anticipated numbers.

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) then reviews how many pupils are on roll at the end of that year and retrospectively retrieves or hands out extra funding.Figures released after a parliamentary question from Labour MP Diana Johnson show the government is still to claw back £1.2 million it dished out in 2013-14. Another £700,000 handed out that year has been written off.

Source: DfE writes off free school funding | Schools Week

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