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Joint special and AP free schools wave

The DfE has launched a process inviting local authorities to submit a bid to commission a new special or alternative provision free school in their area.  This joint special and AP wave is separate from wave 13, which is for mainstream applicants only. The DfE are seeking to approve around 30 special and AP free schools through this process.

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a joint special and AP free schools wave by inviting local authorities that are interested in commissioning a special or alternative provision free school to submit a bid. As part of this bid, local authorities are required to specify:  

  • the SEN designations the school would cater for
  • the age-range (including whether a nursery is required)
  • the number of places they would commission
  • the top-up funding they would pay for each place
  • whether residential provision is required
  • where the school would be located

The DfE will assess these bids and competitions will be launched in the successful areas following the publication of the specification and proposer guidance.  The timeline for the joint special and AP free schools wave is outlined below:

24th July 2018 - DfE publish guidance for local authorities

15th October 2018 - Deadline for local authorities to submit a bid to the DfE

Early 2019 - Successful bids announced and competition launched

Spring 2019 - Deadline for proposer groups to submit their application

Summer 2019- Successful providers announced

 

To find out more about this process, click here.

Live competitions

There are currently no live competitions. 

NSN support

New Schools Network supports groups applying to open special and alternative provision free schools.

If you are interested in applying for a live competition and would like to apply to join NSN's Development Programme, click here. Alternatively, you can contact us on info@newschoolsnetwork.org or call 02075379208 .

If you are interested in applying for a special or alternative provision free school as part of the new wave you should speak to your local authority and confirm whether they are intenting to submit a bid to the DfE.