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Carillion Academies Trust to sponsor two new academies in Tameside

Carillion Academies Trust will sponsor two new schools under the Targeted Basic Need Programme to create pupil places where they are most needed.

In July 2013, schools minister David Laws announced £820m to fund an additional 74,000 school places by building 45 new academies and expanding 333 existing schools.

The Department for Education has now revealed the organisations that will sponsor 39 of those new academies, allowing procurement to begin.

Work to build the new academies and deliver extensions will be procured through local authorities, with all projects due to be completed by 2015.

Carillion Academies Trust will sponsor two new primary schools in Tameside – one in Ashton-under-Lyne and one in Hattersley.

It is the first time Carillion has partnered with the DfE to sponsor academies through its charitable trust.

Established DfE partner BT will sponsor a new academy in Manchester; however, the majority of academy sponsors are existing schools and educational charitable trusts.

The Department for Education said two councils are still working with them to appoint sponsors for their new academies.

In three instances, councils have chosen to establish free schools instead of academies, and one new academy plan has been withdrawn, meaning just 41 new academies will be built under the programme.

Two school expansions have also been withdrawn, meaning the programme will deliver 331 expansions.

The DfE said the 41 new academies and 331 school expansions would still create “more than 70,000 additional school places by 2015”.

Schools minister David Laws said: “Today’s announcement is a key milestone in our multi-billion-pound plan to ensure there are enough high-quality school places around the country.

“The sponsors we have announced today are top-performing organisations that will use their expertise and know-how to ensure young people receive the high-quality education they deserve.”

The TBNP was launched in March 2013 to give councils facing pressure on school places the chance to bid for funding to build new schools or expand existing ones.

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