Funds to support school improvement

06 December 2016

ASCL welcomes Secretary of State Justine Greening's announcement that £50 million per year will be made available to local authorities to support monitoring and commissioning of school improvement in “low performing” maintained schools.

The removal of the education services grant next year will leave both maintained and academy schools with no capacity to fund school improvement, so it is encouraging to see that government has acknowledged this. The grant will be introduced from September 2017, when £30 million will be made available for the period from September 2017 to March 2018. Thereafter, the amount will be £50 million per year. Details of exactly how the grant will be distributed will follow, but each local authority will receive a minimum of £50,000.

In addition, a £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund will be available for maintained schools and academies to apply for from September 2017. Details of exactly how to access the fund will follow shortly but we do know schools will need the support of a teaching school, local authority or regional schools commissioner to make their application.

ASCL will continue to press the government for sustained and accessible routes to effective school improvement that are sufficiently funded.