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Bank's cash boost for free schools

Barclays Bank has pledged pound;1.25 million to groups wanting to start free schools. Groups can apply for pound;5,000 grants to help pay for research and plan a bid. The bank has also offered 3,000 work experience placements to pupils from academies, free schools and university technical colleges. Free banking will be offered to academies and free schools to "help them get off the ground".

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