As part of the Schools that Work for Everyone (SWE) consultation, the government asked for views on how it should support the expansion of existing selective schools, whilst ensuring they take steps to increase their intake of disadvantaged children and support other schools in their local area.
The SSEF is up to £50m capital funding for 2018 to 2019, to support the creation of additional high quality places in fully selective or partially selective schools.
The Department for Education has published its response to the Schools that Work for Everyone (SWE) consultation.
Who can apply to SSEF
Selective and partially selective schools that select according to general academic ability, subject to meeting the initial eligibility criteria.
The fund is open to both local authority maintained schools and academies that meet the eligibility criteria.
SSEF applications for 2018 to 2019
The detailed guidance below contains information for fully and partially selective academies, fully and partially selective local authority maintained schools and local authorities about how to apply for capital funding from the SSEF in 2018 to 2019.
Applicants must submit a case for expansion, a Fair Access and Partnership Plan (FAPP), and a deliverable, cost effective project plan.
The case for expansion must set out the rationale for the proposed expansion, including how schools will meet the demand for places locally and bring about educational benefits.
The FAPP should set out the steps the school has taken and plans to take to increase access for disadvantaged pupils. It should also show how they will work in partnership with other schools to raise standards in the local area.
The department has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Grammar School Heads Association (GSHA), which sets out how the department will work with the GSHA to support selective schools to increase admissions of disadvantaged pupils and work with non selective schools to support pupil outcomes.
The project evidence must demonstrate that plans will be deliverable within a reasonable timescale and will be cost effective.
The application form to use for your SSEF application can be downloaded above.
There is a checklist on the second tab of the application form to help ensure you have completed all sections of the application.
Loans are to be offered at Public Works Loan Board rates of interest, the same rate that local authorities can access to invest in their schools. Loan repayments are to be made through abatement of revenue funding paid to the academy and reinvested into future capital budgets.
Deadline for applications
The deadline for submitting applications is midday, 19 July 2018.