£186m spent on closed free schools, says NEU

TES is reporting that a total of £186 million has been spent on free schools that subsequently closed, according to new analysis by the NEU union.

According to the NEU analysis of government data, £303 million has been spent on failed free schools, UTCs and studio schools since 2010.

Of the £295 million, the total spend on the 45 schools that closed completely was £186 million, while £108 million was spent on set up costs for the 31 schools that were subsequently rebrokered. The NEU says the government data does not include all unsuccessful free schools, UTCs and studio schools.

Of this, £295 million went to schools that either closed or were transferred to new trusts. The remaining £8 million were spent on 65 approved schools that did not open.

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