Guidance

Strategic School Improvement Fund

Funding for eligible schools for a range of school improvement activities.

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Applications for round 3 closed on Friday 20 April 2018 at midday.

Overview

The £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund is a grant to support:

  • first schools
  • infant schools
  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • middle schools
  • all-through, maintained nursery schools
  • alternative provision and special academies and maintained schools
  • post-16 academies
  • 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
  • financial health and efficiency

The fund supports medium- to long-term sustainable activities across groups of schools with a preference towards school-led provision - support provided by schools, for schools.

Terms and conditions of grant funding

Please ensure you have read and understood the Department for Education grant funding agreement terms and conditions. In applying for the Strategic School Improvement Fund, you will be agreeing to the Department for Education grant funding agreement terms and conditions.

In the event of an application being successful, the applicant will be required to sign a grant offer letter. This will set out the specific grant conditions, monitoring arrangements and payment details. It will also include a certificate of expenditure (annex G) which applicants are required to submit on an annual basis.

For applicants who already receive grant funding from the Department for Education, for example, teaching schools, the Strategic School Improvement Fund should be clearly identified and included as part of a single certificate of expenditure return.

If you are a teaching school, you will need to ensure you have submitted your certificate of expenditure (annex G) return for the last financial year. If you have not yet submitted this, you will need to get this back to us before funding is paid.

In receiving a grant for the Strategic School Improvement Fund, the applicant is consenting to participate in the Department for Education’s evaluation of the programme and any statistical releases of information.

Successful applications

Applications for round 1 closed in June 2017, with 54 successful applicants being awarded funding, collectively providing support to over 1,300 schools of all types across the country. Find out which organisations were successful.

Applications for round 2 closed in October 2017, with 86 successful applicants being awarded funding, collectively providing support to over 1,600 schools of all types across the country. Find out which organisations were successful.

Contact

Please use this email address for all questions and enquiries.

Strategic School Improvement Fund

Published 24 March 2017
Last updated 15 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance after closing of the latest application round.
  2. Online application form is now available.
  3. Round 2 successful applicants announced.
  4. Round 3 of the Strategic School Improvement Fund is now open
  5. Application round now closed
  6. Education Endowment foundation presentation available on Using evidence in applications to the Strategic School Improvement Fund.
  7. Support on the application process and how to develop evidence-informed projects
  8. Information added about round 2 of the Strategic School Improvement Fund.
  9. Successful applications announced.
  10. Strategic School Improvement Fund application round 1 has now closed
  11. Strategic School Improvement Fund now open.
  12. First published.