A tool to help alternative provision (AP) free schools plan their budget.


Alternative provision free school financial template

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Completing the alternative provision free school 2020 to 2021 financial template

Ref: DfE-00093-2020PDF, 399KB, 10 pages


The financial template is a budget planning tool for:

  • groups proposing to open an alternative provision (AP) free school for children who can’t attend a mainstream school
  • open AP free schools

It gives an indicative funding allocation based on the size, phase and location of the school.

If you are applying to open an AP free school, you should also complete the application forms.

You can also read the AP free schools revenue funding guide.

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Published 7 November 2014
Last updated 28 October 2020 + show all updates

  1. Added ‘Alternative provision free school financial template’.

  2. Updated completing the alternative provision financial template 2020 to 2021.

  3. Updated Alternative provision: financial template 2019 to 2020.

  4. Updated for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.

  5. Updated both documents for the 2018 to 2019 academic year.

  6. Updated financial template spreadsheet to include the correct rate for risk protection assurance.

  7. Updated both documents for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  8. Updated both documents for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

  9. Updated documents for the 2015 to 2016 academic year.

  10. All documents updated in February 2015 to reflect known changes to funding rates. Revised versions including 2015 to 2016 funding rates should be available at the end of March 2015.

  11. First published.