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DfE extends scope for grants for primary school chains

25 October 2012

The Department for Education (DfE) has widened the scope of the Primary Chains Grant.

It currently offers a grant of £25,000 to assist primary schools that decide to convert to academy status together in a Multi-academy Trust (MAT) or Umbrella Trust (UT) (the strongest models of collaboration). This extra grant is per group but is on top of the normal £25,000 grant each school receives.

The DfE considers strong chains of three or more academies can help drive up standards and provide opportunities for increased collaboration between schools through sharing expertise and achieving economies of scale to maximise the benefits of working together.

The DfE grant has now been extended so that primary schools joining a cluster that already includes a secondary school may still apply for the grant. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2012 but given its commitment to encouraging primary schools to convert in groups, it may still be worth applying after that, as the grant may well be extended.

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