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Weekly DfE Publications W/C 11.02.2019


Free schools: application information for wave 13

Transparency data

A list of free schools proposing to open from the wave 13 application round.

The list includes the proposed schools’:

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How business professionals working in schools can find, join or create a network of local school business professionals.

Schemes for financing schools

Statutory guidance

This statutory guidance is for local authorities.

Local authorities are required to publish schemes for financing schools, setting out the financial relationship between them and the schools they maintain.

This guidance explains the provisions a scheme must include.

Performance indicators: widening participation 2017 to 2018

Official Statistics

This release relates to the number of people from underrepresented groups participating in higher education (widening participation). It covers higher education entry in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) publishes performance indicators for higher education in 3 batches each year, on behalf of the 4 UK funding bodies.

This is the first instalment of institution-level performance indicators. Further instalments will follow in March and July.

These refer to:

Independent special schools and colleges


Lists of all independent schools and colleges for children with special educational needs or disability (SEND), including:

NMSS are schools that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996.

LA-maintained schools: letters about poor pupil performance

Transparency data

List of warning notice letters sent by DfE to local-authority-maintained schools about poor pupil performance, governance, or school safety.

Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement guide: 2017 to 2018


The guidance explains what subject knowledge enhancement is, how to apply, who can benefit from it, and how providers will deliver the programme.

Subject knowledge enhancement programmes:

Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement guide: 2018 to 2019


The guidance explains:

Subject knowledge enhancement programmes:

Further education initial teacher training bursary: 2017 to 2018


The information applies to trainees starting in the academic year 2017 to 2018 only. It includes:

Further education initial teacher training bursary: 2018 to 2019


The information applies to trainees starting in the academic year 2018 to 2019. It includes:

Strategic college improvement fund: process evaluation

Research and analysis

A process evaluation of the SCIF pilot, commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE), to inform the wider roll-out of the fund.

Free schools and UTCs: successful applications

Transparency data

Details of all schools in the pre-opening stage of the free school programme, including:

There are many different types of free school, including:

There are also a small number of maths schools. These are specialist free schools for the most mathematically able 16- to 19-year-olds.

Alongside free schools there are university technical colleges (UTCs) and studio schools. These are mainly for 14- to 19-year-olds.

School Direct (salaried): funding manual


These funding manuals provide information to schools and ITT providers on School Direct (salaried) funding in England, including:


The School Direct (salaried) route allows schools to:

Schools can choose and recruit the candidate they want with an expectation that the trainee will be employed by the school or wider partnership of schools.

New school proposals

Transparency data

Lists of local authorities seeking academy and free school proposers, and of all academies and free schools already set up.

Church academies: model documents


There are 3 main draft model articles of association, agreed with the Catholic Education Service and the National Society for the Church of England for use by church schools wishing to become an academy.

While the model articles are broadly similar, there are differences in the way the governance arrangements at membership and governing body level have been reflected.

Academy trusts: notices about poor performance

Transparency data

A spreadsheet listing all academy trusts in receipt of pre-warning notice or warning notice letters about poor or inadequate performance.

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