The £15 million SCIF provided grants to colleges that needed to improve the quality of their provision of education and training.
The Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF) started with a pilot in October 2017 and is now closed for applications.
You can view a list of colleges that have successfully applied for strategic college improvement funding.
The £15 million programme has given colleges the opportunity to:
- improve the quality of their provision
- mobilise and strengthen improvement capacity within the further education (FE) sector
The SCIF has helped 80 colleges to undertake a focussed quality improvement programme with a higher-performing partner – something that colleges report might not have happened without the SCIF.
The main phase of the programme had high rates of participation and success. Around 74% of eligible colleges have applied, and 91% of applicants secured grants ranging from £60,000 to almost £500,000.
The SCIF is complemented by the National Leaders of Further Education (NLFEs) programme, which draws on the expertise of England’s best FE professionals to help colleges’ better meet learners’ needs.
The SCIF has been welcomed by the sector. The process evaluation of the SCIF pilot shows overwhelming support for the peer-to-peer model from applicant colleges, partners and wider stakeholders.