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The DfE publishes its spending data: interesting stuff on free schools and academies, but I need help understanding it…

The government has just published its spending data on amounts over £25,000, which can be accessed here. For example, this March, it appears that £8.5 million was spent on the Academies agenda by the Department (see Table 1 below). I am not clear exactly what on because I thought Partnership for Schools was disseminating all the money to academies.

Another puzzle. There’s a disclaimer in the explanation of the information which I really don’t understand, which reads:

“The data for January 2011 has been revised to remove a transaction against Partnerships for Schools for £1,253,675,928. This transaction was a debit action of an accounting adjustment to the Department’s financial system to rectify the payment made earlier in the year.”

What does this mean?

I intend to contact the DfE in due course about this, unless someone can explain it all clearly to me!

In some of the data, the groupings seem to change so that there are no explicitly recorded costs for academies but money is clearly being spent on them by the department.

On Free Schools, Tracy Hannigan (who blogs regularly on the site and alerted me to the publishing of the data) points out: the Rivendale expense is in the March 2011 expenses, row 1725, for £33, 392.40.

The PfS one on the Jewish Free School comes from the March publication on the PfS expenses site: March expenses, Row 369 for a value of £225,617.40
Really, it needs someone who has the time and expertise to look at this data in some depth. Any takers??

This is the data for spending on academies by the DfE this March (the amounts are accessed by moving the toggle bar at the bottom of the table)

Expense type Supplier Amount
CURRENT GRANTS BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL 128426.74
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION HEAD OFFICE 44260.26
CURRENT GRANTS DAME ALICE OWENS SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS PARMITERS SCHOOL 25000
MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY PLACE GROUP LIMITED 60552.58
CURRENT GRANTS ST EDWARDS COLLEGE 25000
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE TREASURY SOLICITOR TSOL 87281.92
CURRENT GRANTS NORTON COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THOMAS KNYVETT COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS ASHPERTON PRIMARY SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS CALLINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS INVICTA GRAMMAR SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS JOHN HAMPDEN GRAMMAR SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS JOHN SPENDLUFFE TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS KINGSMEAD COMMUNITY COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS MOUNT HAWKE PRIMARY SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS ST OLAVES & ST SAVIOURS GRAMMAR SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS VALLEY PARK SCHOOL 25000
PROFESSIONAL FEES VEREDUS C/O CAPITA RESOURCING LTD 56952.38
CURRENT GRANTS WILDERN SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS BACKWELL SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS PENRICE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 25000
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE TREASURY SOLICITOR TSOL 30130.8
PROFESSIONAL FEES VEREDUS C/O CAPITA RESOURCING LTD 153198.26
CURRENT GRANTS BOHUNT SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS BROOKFIELD COMMUNITY SCHOOL 25000
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 157.16
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 52.64
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 47.8
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 371.71
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 126.5
CURRENT GRANTS COOMBE DEAN SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS IVYBRIDGE ACADEMY TRUST 25000
CURRENT GRANTS JOHN PORT SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS MAIDEN ERLEGH SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THE KING JOHN SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS WESTBURY ON TRYM CE PRIMARY SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS BISHOP JUSTUS CE SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL 44227.58
CURRENT GRANTS KING EDWARD VI GRAMMAR SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS KNOLE ACADEMY TRUST 30000
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE PLACE GROUP LIMITED 99752.66
CURRENT GRANTS SHIREBROOK ACADEMY 30000
CURRENT GRANTS THE JOHN WALLIS CHURCH OF ENGLAND ACADEMY 30000
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION HEAD OFFICE 34412.56
CURRENT GRANTS EXMOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE 25000
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE DELOITTE 147902.74
CURRENT GRANTS CLEETHORPES ACADEMY 30000
CURRENT GRANTS ORMISTON VICTORY ACADEMY 30000
CURRENT GRANTS BISHOP CREIGHTON ACADEMY 25000
CURRENT GRANTS BRADWORTHY COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS CHOSEN HILL SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS KINGS NORTON GIRLS SCHOOL 25000
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE PKF UK LIMITED 131105.66
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE PKF UK LLP 29317
CURRENT GRANTS QUEEN’S SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS SAMUEL WHITBREAD COMMUNITY COLLEGE 25000
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE SDSA 60000
CURRENT GRANTS SOUTH HUNSLEY SCHOOL& SIXTH FORM COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THE CORSHAM SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THE CRYPT SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THE KEMNAL ACADEMIES TRUST 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THE OLDERSHAW SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THORNDEN SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS BARNHILL COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS BRIGHOUSE HIGH SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS CHARLES DARWIN SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL 371372.1
CURRENT GRANTS HABERDASHERS ASKES HATCHAM 100000
CURRENT GRANTS HAVANT ACADEMY 30000
CURRENT GRANTS OASIS ACADEMY LORDS HILL 55309.56
CURRENT GRANTS OASIS COMMUNITY LEARNING IMMINGHAM 52761.45
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE PKF UK LIMITED 81834.6
CURRENT GRANTS SOUTH WOLVERHAMPTON & BILSTON ACADEMY 100000
CURRENT GRANTS SOUTHWATER INFANT SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THE ARTHUR TERRY SCHOOL 50000
CURRENT GRANTS THE UCL ACADEMY 35429.84
CURRENT GRANTS HAMMERSMITH ACADEMY TRUST ACCOUNT 69204.75
CURRENT GRANTS HARBORNE ACADEMY 149984
CURRENT GRANTS SOUTHWATER JUNIOR SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THE DUSTON SCHOOL 25000
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE EC HARRIS LLP 63159.32
PROFESSIONAL FEES OWEN EDUCATION LTD 47202.32
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE TRIBAL EDUCATION LIMITED 31621.35
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE APPLEYARDS LTD 31200
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 66.08
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 31.83
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 680.27
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 459.5
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 24.22
CURRENT GRANTS E ACT 29095.59
CURRENT GRANTS KEARSLEY ACADEMY 29742.59
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE PKF UK LIMITED 32884.62
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE PLACE GROUP LIMITED 42526.42
CURRENT GRANTS RIVENDALE EDUCATION LTD 33392.4
CURRENT GRANTS FREEBROUGH ACADEMY 28878.3
MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY NABARRO LLP 60912.6
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 14.77
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 159.87
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE SDSA 25748
CURRENT GRANTS CHALFONT ST PETER CE SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS CHRISTLETON HIGH SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS GEORGE ABBOT SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS GOLDINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS LINSLADE MIDDLE SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS NEWQUAY TRETHERRAS SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS NEWSTEAD WOOD SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS ORMISTON VENTURE ACADEMY 29999.22
CURRENT GRANTS QUEEN MARYS GRAMMAR SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS REDBORNE UPPER SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS RIPLEY ST THOMAS CE HIGH SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS SIR JOSEPH WILLIAMSONS MATHEMATICAL SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS SOHAM VILLAGE COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS ST ANSELMS COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS ST MARTINS SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THE HEATH SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS WEARE FIRST SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS WHITEHILL COMMUNITY TRUST SCHOOL 25000
PROFESSIONAL FEES CAPGEMINI UK PLC 5108.4
CURRENT GRANTS QUEEN ELIZABETHS GRAMMAR SCHOOL 25000
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COUNCIL 50000
CURRENT GRANTS WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL 202500
CURRENT GRANTS BOTTISHAM VILLAGE COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS COLLINGWOOD COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS HARLINGTON UPPER SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS HELES SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS MARINE ACADEMY PLYMOUTH 30000
CURRENT GRANTS MERCHANTS ACADEMY WITHYWOOD 25000
CURRENT GRANTS NOTLEY HIGH SCHOOL & BRAINTREE SIXTH FORM 25000
CURRENT GRANTS NUNEATON ACADEMY 41750
CURRENT GRANTS PARK HOUSE SCHOOL & SPORTS COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS RICKMANSWORTH SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS SIR ROGER MANWOODS SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS ST LUKES CE SCHOOL 39750
CURRENT GRANTS SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL 62244.11
CURRENT GRANTS THE EASTBOURNE ACADEMY 26090
CURRENT GRANTS THE MOUNTBATTEN SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THE RAVENSBOURNE SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THOMAS MILLS HIGH SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS TOOTHILL SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS TRINITY CE VA COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS WYCOMBE HIGH SCHOOL 25000
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE ACADEMY ENTERPRISE TRUST 14172
CURRENT GRANTS SOUTHWATER JUNIOR SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS WOODPECKER HALL PRIMARY ACADEMY 40804.81
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE APPLEYARDS LTD 41473.8
CURRENT GRANTS CHEAM PARK FARM JUNIOR SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS DELAMERE CE PRIMARY ACADEMY 25000
CURRENT GRANTS MOOR END TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS NORTH SHORE HEALTH ACADEMY 50000
CURRENT GRANTS QUEEN ELIZABETHS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS SPRINGWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS THORNABY ACADEMY 50000
PROFESSIONAL FEES VEREDUS C/O CAPITA RESOURCING LTD 58487
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE APPLEYARDS LTD 57562.2
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE EC HARRIS LLP 102465.87
CURRENT GRANTS HANS PRICE 76674.94
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT COSTS OPM 63153
CURRENT GRANTS BIRMINGHAM ORMISTON ACADEMY 80935.74
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE MOUCHEL MANAGEMENT CONSULTING LTD 33732.31
CURRENT GRANTS PLACE GROUP LIMITED 73643.07
CURRENT GRANTS AYLESBURY GRAMMAR SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS CHEETHAM CE COMMUNITY SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS ENTERPRISE SOUTH LIVERPOOL ACADEMY 30000
CURRENT GRANTS HARTWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS HURSTMERE SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS LEVERINGTON PRIMARY ACADEMY 25000
CURRENT GRANTS ORMISTON SIR STANLEY MATTHEWS ACADEMY 27792.72
MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY PLACE GROUP LIMITED 44973.14
CURRENT GRANTS SAWSTON VILLAGE COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS SHENLEY BROOK END SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS SOUTH CRAVEN SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS ST MARGARETS ACADEMY 25000
CURRENT GRANTS STUDLEY HIGH SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS TOWER ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS WEST PARK SCHOOL 25000
CURRENT GRANTS WHITLEY ABBEY BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE COLLEGE 25000
CURRENT GRANTS LONDON BOROUGH OF HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM COUNCIL 47460
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 405.92
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 1007.27
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 97.46
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 104.99
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 123.62
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 738.56
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 78.51
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 280.13
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL -121.4
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 144.83
CURRENT GRANTS EDEN PROJECT LTD 137828
CURRENT GRANTS THE LOC OF THE OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC GAMES LTD 102473
PROFESSIONAL FEES JP MORGAN COMMERCIAL CARDS 9.99
MISCELLANEOUS EXPENDITURE JP MORGAN COMMERCIAL CARDS 3
GENERAL OFFICE EXPENSES JP MORGAN COMMERCIAL CARDS 159
MISCELLANEOUS EXPENDITURE JP MORGAN COMMERCIAL CARDS 276.48
PRINTING STATIONERY IT & CONSUMABLES JP MORGAN COMMERCIAL CARDS 436.8
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY JP MORGAN COMMERCIAL CARDS 744.6
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE SPECIALIST SCHOOLS & ACADEMIES TRUST 932749.2
PROFESSIONAL FEES OFSTED 93117
CURRENT GRANTS WINDSOR & SLOUGH ETON 31540
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE A4E LTD 33340.8
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 507.02
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 72.78
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 1271.82
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 2156.04
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 170.67
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 1031.11
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 30.33
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 491.59
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL 307.15
CURRENT GRANTS GREAT BARR SCHOOL 28675
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 31.51
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 221.66
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 11.72
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 40.88
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 57.85
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 558.59
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 6.99
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 2057.67
COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICITY PROLOG 218.06
CURRENT GRANTS EDEN PROJECT LTD 63323.31
CURRENT GRANTS THE LOC OF THE OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC GAMES LTD 41057
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS EXPOTEL HOTEL RESERVATIONS LTD 73.04
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS EXPOTEL HOTEL RESERVATIONS LTD 98.56
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS EXPOTEL HOTEL RESERVATIONS LTD 321.03
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS EXPOTEL HOTEL RESERVATIONS LTD 216.86
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS EXPOTEL HOTEL RESERVATIONS LTD 181.47
STAFF EXPENSES / COSTS EXPOTEL HOTEL RESERVATIONS LTD 46.96
CONTRACT PROGRAMME EXPENDITURE SPECIALIST SCHOOLS & ACADEMIES TRUST 328744.8

 

Grand total: 8475265

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Comments, replies and queries

  1. It is very interesting to see how several private sector companies are regular beneficiaries in this list. In particular Capita Veredus, but also the Place Group. And why are there so many payments to Carlson Wagon Lit Travel, which appears to be a Canadian travel agency?

  2. There is data going back a bit but this is the first set that actually identifies an individual free school project.

    It is very hard to figure out how much is likely spent on a given project – it requires knowledge of the suppliers, what they do, and probably some guesswork to know what is likely a FS expense vs another kind of expense as some suppliers do other work as well. For example, an individual entry directly to Rivendale for £33, 392.40 in March 2011 doesn’t take into account other possible expenditures for the project – Rivendale uses Appleyards and there are payments directly to Appleyards which probably accounts for both fees to service the Rivendale project as well as other free school projects – and other non academy and non free school projects as well. The only way to know for sure is to FoIA each and every expense that may be related (if there are invoices or accounts after the fact) and then look at the results of that and see if it can be fitted together to come up with a number. *IF* the information would be released. I would find it hard to imagine that they would publish an expense and then say they can’t tell you what it was for!

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