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Free school funding revealed

It's emerged the government gave two 'free' schools in Suffolk more than £1.5 million each to help them in their first year of operation.

Both Saxmundham and Beccles Free Schools opened in 2012. Each was given £1.6 million in addition to their regular per-pupil funding.

The figures were published by the Department for Education, following a Freedom of Information request. The department said the funding was essential to meet the additional costs of starting a new school.

The Government has spent almost £60 million supporting the first 76 free schools. Around 200 more are due to open from this September onwards.