The 22 new free schools approved by DfE

A chunk of the new 22 free schools approved today will open in academy trusts that have expanded rapidly in recent years – despite previous government cautions over quick growth.

The Department for Education received 124 applications for the 13th wave of its free school programme, but less than 18 per cent of these were given the green light.

Almost a third (seven) of the trusts opening new schools have 10 or more schools already. Schools Week analysis of the successful trusts has found many have grown rapidly since September 2017 and already have free schools in the pipeline.

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