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Academies’ income from donations plummeted by a third last year, as fundraising efforts were ruined by the pandemic.

Schools Week analysis of Department for Education data shows they received £145.4 million in the past academic year in “donations and voluntary funds”.

It marks a significant drop on the £163 million raised the previous year, and an even larger 32.2 per cent fall on pre-Covid levels in 2018-19 of £214.6 million.

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