Guidance

Selective Schools Expansion Fund

Information for academies and local-authority-maintained schools which are fully or partially selective, about the Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF).

Applies to England

Documents

Selective Schools Expansion Fund: application guidance

Details

The Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) funds academy schools and local-authority-maintained schools which select by ability to expand, subject to certain conditions.

There have been 2 bidding rounds in 2018 and 2019.

To be funded, schools must submit cost-effective expansion proposals which address a need for additional places in their areas. They are required to set out deliverable plans to increase applications from and admissions of children eligible for the pupil premium. Schools are also encouraged to include plans setting out how they intend to help raise standards more widely.

Sixteen schools were successful in the first round of the SSEF. Their plans are available at Selective Schools Expansion Fund: successful applications, 2018 to 2019.

Six schools were successful in the second round of the SSEF. Their plans are available at Selective Schools Expansion Fund: successful applications, 2019 to 2020.

Contact

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Published 11 May 2018
Last updated 10 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated details and added a link to the 6 schools that were successful in the second round of the SSEF. Removed the application form and grant calculator as applications have closed.

  2. Added announcement that the Selective Schools Expansion Fund application window for the 2019 to 2020 financial year has closed.

  3. Application form updated to correct a cell formatting issue.

  4. Guidance and application form updated.

  5. Updated with details of the 2019 round of the SSEF.

  6. Amended to advise that the application window has now closed.

  7. Page and guidance document updated to show revised deadline date.

  8. First published.