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Academies

Question for Department for Education

UIN 201188, tabled on 11 December 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total cost to the public purse has been of converting local authority schools to academy schools since 2010.

Answered on

17 December 2018

As of 1 December 2018, there are 7,814 open academies.

During the last nine financial years, the department has spent £443 million on pre-opening start-up grants to support local authority schools to convert to become academies. Further details are found in the table below:

Financial Year

Costs

2018-19 (as at end November 18)

£17 million

2017-18

£38 million

2016-17

£54 million

2015-16

£28 million

2014-15

£48 million

2013-14

£59 million

2012-13

£65 million

2011-12

£67 million

2010-11

£67 million

Total

£443 million

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