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Academies: Sponsorship

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what criteria his Department uses to value non-cash contributions made by academy sponsors. (230135)

Sponsors of academies, whether they contribute financially or in other ways, are key to driving the educational transformation of failing schools. This Department does not use set criteria to evaluate non-cash contributions. Non-cash contributions include: developing an ethos and vision for the proposed academy; chairing the Project Steering Group and Design User Group to ensure the sponsor's vision and ethos guide the establishment of the academy. DCSF officials and consultants work with the sponsor at all stages in the development and operation of the academy, supporting them to provide this role.