Academies: Sponsorship:Written question - 26125

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Asked by Lucy Powell
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Asked on: 05 February 2016
Department for Education
Academies: Sponsorship
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applications her Department approved for sponsorship of academies in each region in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 10 February 2016

1,014 applications to become sponsors of academies have been received since 2010; of which 814 applications have been approved.

Tables 1 to 3 show the number of applications for sponsorship of academies received by the Department for Education each year since 2010, by Regional Schools Commissioners’ (RSC) region.

Applications made in a given year may not be approved until a following year, thus tables 1 and 3 are not comparable. Table 2 shows the number of applications made in a given year that were approved the same year, it does not account for applications made in previous years that were then approved in a following year.

A list of approved academy sponsors and their registered lead RSC region is published on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/academy-sponsor-contact-list. This does not include the year of application or approval.

Table 1: Number of applications received by DfE for sponsorship of academies in each RSC region in each year since 2010. Figures only include applications for full sponsorship; they exclude applications from co-sponsors[1] and educational partners[2].

RSC Region

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Grand Total

East Midlands & Humber

15

24

25

30

25

19

4

142

Lancashire & West Yorkshire

15

29

21

20

26

24

1

136

North

7

9

12

13

8

14

0

63

North East London & East

9

12

30

29

25

23

5

133

North West London & South Central

22

17

25

28

15

20

1

128

South London & South East

27

20

20

30

28

22

2

149

South West

8

14

28

21

22

28

1

122

West Midlands

13

16

24

28

32

24

4

141

Grand Total

116

141

185

199

181

174

18

1,014

Table 2: Number of applications for sponsorship made each year since 2010 that were approved by DfE, in each RSC region, by year of application. Figures exclude approvals of applications begun in previous years and only include applications for full sponsorship; they exclude applications from co-sponsors and educational partners.

RSC Region

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Grand Total

East Midlands & Humber

12

16

23

23

17

11

0

102

Lancashire & West Yorkshire

13

18

14

15

23

20

0

103

North

5

6

7

11

7

11

0

47

North East London & East

7

11

24

23

20

15

0

100

North West London & South Central

15

10

19

16

11

17

0

88

South London & South East

19

12

18

20

22

21

1

113

South West

8

12

20

16

15

19

0

90

West Midlands

11

11

17

25

24

17

0

105

Grand Total

90

96

142

149

139

131

1

748

Table 3: Total number of applications approved by DfE for sponsorship of academies in each RSC region in each year since 2010, by year of approval. Figures only include applications for full sponsorship; they exclude applications from co-sponsors and educational partners.

RSC Region

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Grand Total

East Midlands & Humber

12

6

25

34

11

17

2

107

Lancashire & West Yorkshire

12

8

20

22

21

21

4

108

North

8

1

12

14

8

11

0

54

North East London & East

8

4

26

34

19

18

1

110

North West London & South Central

17

3

27

22

9

20

2

100

South London & South East

24

7

20

24

23

19

8

125

South West

8

6

23

23

14

17

3

94

West Midlands

13

4

25

28

25

21

0

116

Grand Total

102

39

178

201

130

144

20

814

[1] Co-sponsors can undertake similar activities to that of a lead sponsor, but are unlikely to act as the chair of an Academy trust or that of a Governing Body, a role which is typically undertaken by a lead sponsor. The lead sponsor might appoint co-sponsors as members or directors (governors) of an Academy Trust.

[2] Educational partners deliver specific services to an Academy trust, which may or may not be undertaken as a contracted arrangement between the education partner and a Trust. These services can include: delivering “back office services”; providing continuous professional development, sharing facilities, sharing Governors, and providing school improvement services.

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