Minister’s £340k free schools flop revealed

A trust set up by a Conservative peer and former policy supremo of David Cameron was handed £340,000 for two free school projects that never even got off the ground.

The Floreat Education Academies Trust, founded by the now health minister Lord James O’Shaughnessy, received the cash to set up new primary schools in London – but the plans were abandoned in March last year.

The primaries are among 44 free school projects cancelled without teaching a single pupil between 2013-14, and 2016-17.

Schools Week can reveal the cancelled schemes were handed £8.7 million in funding from the Department for Education – cash which will not be recouped and has now been written off.

Minister’s £340k free schools flop revealed

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