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Primary chain development grant - the return

26 November 2015

What you need to know

After a short break over the summer (the previous primary academy chain development grant was withdrawn in June this year) this welcome financial boost for groups of schools looking to convert to academy status as part of a group has returned, albeit in a slightly less generous form. The basic details are as follows:

  • one-off grant of £75,000, with up to £5,000 per additional primary school up to a maximum of £100,000
  • offered to three schools creating a new MAT (majority primary schools)
  • also available to existing standalone academies with schools joining, where they are setting up a three school MAT with at least two primaries applying to convert (not including a sponsor led school).

This will be a welcome reintroduction of the financial incentive for groups of schools looking to create MATs. Note, however, that in calculating the number of schools this disregards the number of schools being sponsored.

Groups of two or more primary schools joining an existing MAT can apply for a one-off grant of £20,000 per primary school (max £80k). We have made a specific enquiry of the DfE regarding ‘empty MATs’, that is, academy trusts with only one academy but using a multi-academy documents (e.g. Articles of Association). We are informed that these will be treated as standalone academies and are therefore eligible to receive the £75,000 grant if they can attract the required further two schools.

Please contact us if you would like further information.

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