Funding for eligible schools for a range of school improvement activities.
The £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund is a grant to support first, infant, primary, secondary, middle, all-through, alternative provision and special academies and maintained schools, and pupil referral units. It is intended to further build a school-led system, and aims to target resources at the schools most in need to improve school performance and pupil attainment; to help them use their resources most effectively, and to deliver more good school places.
The fund supports a broad range of school improvement activities including, but not limited to, improving leadership, governance, teaching methods and approaches, and financial health and efficiency. The fund supports medium- to long-term sustainable activities across groups of schools with a preference towards school-led provision, that is, support provided by schools, for schools.
Applications must be supported by evidence that demonstrates why the proposed improvement approach is expected to drive up standards in schools. See a classification of types of evidence and how they might be used.
Teaching schools, multi-academy trusts and local authorities should submit to the Department for Education applications for funding to address local improvement priorities across groups of schools. To ensure that support reaches those schools which need it most, and in the most effective way, we expect that, in shaping these applications, regional schools commissioners, multi-academy trusts, local authorities, the Teaching Schools Council, and diocesan representatives will work collaboratively in sub-regional improvement boards and with schools to bring together their local intelligence to identify shared improvement priorities.
The Strategic School Improvement Fund is not intended to support specific projects or activities already funded through other Department for Education programmes. These will include specific programmes relating to curriculum enhancement, opportunity areas, the Northern Powerhouse, national professional qualifications, initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment, the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund, academy conversion activities and improvements in school buildings or infrastructure.
Who can apply
To apply for the Strategic School Improvement Fund, you should be either a:
- designated teaching school
- multi-academy trust
- local authority
The second funding round closed at midday on Friday 20 October 2017.
A third funding round will open before Christmas 2017, with a closing date in spring 2018. Details of how to apply and the application deadline will be published in due course.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive updates on the next application round.
In there is an urgent need for more bespoke support, you can still apply for Strategic School Improvement Fund: emergency funding to support an individual school.
Successful applications: summer 2017
The applications in round 1 demonstrated many examples of partnership working between teaching schools, local authorities, multi-academy trusts, dioceses and schools, as well as a high level of interest in the fund.
Applications in round 1 closed on Friday 23 June 2017 and we would like to congratulate the 55 successful applicants, who will collectively provide support to just under 1,350 schools of all types across the country. Find out which organisations were successful.
If you have any queries, questions or comments, please contact us.
Strategic School Improvement Fund
Published: 24 March 2017
Updated: 20 October 2017
- Application round now closed
- Education Endowment foundation presentation available on Using evidence in applications to the Strategic School Improvement Fund.
- Support on the application process and how to develop evidence-informed projects
- Information added about round 2 of the Strategic School Improvement Fund.
- Successful applications announced.
- Strategic School Improvement Fund application round 1 has now closed
- Strategic School Improvement Fund now open.
- First published.