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ISSP primary curriculum project

Launch of a project inviting independent/state school partnerships (ISSPs) focussed on specific subject teaching at primary level.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


We are seeking to support a small number of new ISSPs which have, at their core, a shared commitment to:

  • raise the standards of teaching and learning
  • have a positive and measurable impact on the education of all the children in their schools

We’re inviting applications from schools from all sectors to establish new ISSPs which strengthen the teaching of subjects in key stages 1 and 2. We welcome proposals from schools which value cross-sector links as an effective way of achieving this. A limited amount of funding will be awarded to projects which are innovative and have a commitment to long-term self-sufficiency.

Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, says this new government investment underlines its commitment to increasing opportunities for children from all backgrounds:

ISSPs have been a hugely successful - and durable - initiative which have had a real impact on the quality of learning in partner schools. We hope that this extra funding creates new networks, which will in turn raise standards in key subject areas.

Schools can submit their proposals by completing the ISSP primary curriculum project: application form.

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Published 25 September 2014