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Education Service News Item

Excellent news on the Primary Academy Chain Development Grant!

The Primary Academy Chain Development Grant has been made available again!


A one-off grant of £75,000, with up to £5K awarded per additional primary school (maximum total

claim for a chain £100K) is available until 31 March 2016, subject to demand and may be offered to

3 schools creating a new MAT (where the majority are primary schools).


The Primary Academy Chain Development Grant can be used flexibly over the course of two years.

It is intended to provide financial support to enable new clusters of primary schools to build and

formalise their partnership, enabling them to achieve their shared vision of improved results, better

outcomes and significantly improved standards more quickly.


For details, please see the DfE website: 


A Small School Supplement is also available for small primary schools (with under 210 pupils)

joining a MAT.

Primaries with between 100 and 210 pupils are eligible to apply for £2,000. The supplement is intended to provide

additional support to the schools in meeting expenses associated with the conversion process. 

For details, please see Small Schools Supplement on the DfE website: