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66 schools split £22m to boost nursery places

The government has announced 66 schools will get extra funding to boost their nursery places – but ministers have failed to allocate all the promised cash.

Under its school nurseries capital fund, the Department for Education pledged £30 million to create “high-quality school-based” nursery places to boost social mobility. The commitment was included in the 2017 Conservative manifesto.

The government has today announced 66 schools have won funding – but just £22 million has been allocated. The DfE said the remaining £8 million would go back into its capital funding pot.

The shortfall in allocated cash certaintly wasn’t down to a lack of applicants. Figures released by the department show there were 143 applications for the funding – meaning the majority (77) were turned down.

The £22 million will help schools boost nursery places in areas with high numbers of families who get free school meals, the DfE said. New places will be created through new builds and expansions of schools already rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

The area with the most approved projects is the north west, with 17. The East Midlands has just three approved – which is the fewest (full list below).

The announcement is part of a new campaign launched by education secretary Damian Hinds today to “encourage parents to kickstart their children’s learning at home”.

Under the ‘Hungry Little Minds’ campaign, the government has committed to provide parents with “ideas on how to use everyday opportunities, like going to the shops and playing make-believe games, as part of a relentless society-wide effort to improve the early literacy and language skills in the years before children start school”.

Hinds wants to tackle the “profound issue” of one in four children leaving their first year of school without the “skills in literacy, language and communication they need”.


The 66 schools sharing £22m


Newbold CofE Primary, Derbyshire, East Midlands

Morven Park Primary and Nursery, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands

Lincoln Monks Abbey Primary, Lincolnshire, East Midlands

Prince Avenue Academy and Nursery, Southend-on-Sea, East of England

Hogarth Primary, Essex, East of England

Whitton Community Primary, Suffolk, East of England

Canvey Island Infant, Essex, East of England

Snape Community Primary, Suffolk, East of England

St Clare’s Catholic Primary, Essex, East of England

Forest Approach Academy, Havering, London

Three Bridges Primary, Ealing, London

Granton Primary, Lambeth, London

Grange Primary, Newham, London

Ark Oval Primary Academy, Croydon, London

Cramlington Village Primary, Northumberland, North East

Caldicotes Primary Academy, Middlesbrough, North East

Central Walker Church of England Primary, Newcastle upon Tyne, North East

New York Primary, North Tyneside, North East

Stranton Primary, Hartlepool, North East

Morpeth Road Academy, Northumberland, North East

West Cornforth Primary, Durham, North East

St Anne’s Catholic Primary, Wirral, North West

Beechwood Primary School and Nursery, Cheshire East, North West

Eastway Primary, Wirral, North West

St Michael and All Angels Catholic, Wirral, North West

Riverside Primary, Wirral, North West

Unity Community, Manchester, North West

Orgill Primary, Cumbria, North West

Ash Grove Academy, Cheshire East, North West

Warrington St Barnabas CofE Primary, Warrington, North West

The District CofE Primary, St. Helens, North West

Thames Primary Academy, Blackpool, North West

Marsh Green Primary, Wigan, North West

The Priory Parish CofE Primary, Wirral, North West

St Paul’s Catholic Primary, Wirral, North West

Northmoor Academy, Oldham, North West

Kincraig Primary, Blackpool, North West

Meadowside Community Primary and Nursery, Warrington, North West

Greenfields Community Primary, Kent, South East

Molehill Primary Academy, Kent, South East

St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary, Kent, South East

Pyrcroft Grange Primary, Surrey, South East

Thomas Hickman, Buckinghamshire, South East

Barton Hill Academy, Torbay, South West

Southbroom Infants’, Wiltshire, South West

St Dennis Primary Academy, Cornwall, South West

Minerva Primary, Somerset, South West

School of Christ The King Catholic Primary, Bristol, South West

Princecroft Primary, Wiltshire, South West

Oasis Academy Warndon, Worcestershire, West Midlands

Victoria Park Primary, Sandwell, West Midlands

Chadsgrove, Worcestershire, West Midlands

Reynalds Cross, Solihull, West Midlands

St Oswald’s CofE Primary, Worcestershire, West Midlands

Northfield Manor Primary Academy, Birmingham, West Midlands

Cleeve Prior CofE (Controlled) Primary, Worcestershire, West Midlands

Ward End Primary, Birmingham, West Midlands

St Mary’s CofE (VA) Primary, Worcestershire, West Midlands

Goldsmith Primary Academy, Walsall, West Midlands

Watercliffe Meadow Community Primary, Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber

Selby Community Primary, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber

Fairburn View Primary, Wakefield, Yorkshire and the Humber

Wybourn Community Primary & Nursery, Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber

Mill Field Primary, Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber

Grange Primary, North East Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Humber

Woodhouse West Primary, Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber


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