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New funding for school teaching improvements announced

01/12/2016 Kelly

The government has announced the availability of new funding to increase the number of high-quality school places available to students across the country.

The Department for Education has confirmed that from September 2017, a fund worth £50 million a year will be made available to local authorities to help them monitor and commission improvements for low-performing maintained schools.

Meanwhile, a new £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund is being launched for academies and maintained schools, which will help to ensure resources are targeted at the schools that are in greatest need of support. This will help them to improve standards, utilise their resources more effectively and deliver more good school places.

Further support for local authority schools is also being offered, ahead of the move to a new National Funding Formula. Under this programme, maintained schools may choose to pool funding from their Dedicated School Grant to buy school improvement services, such as bringing in subject or curriculum experts.

Additionally, it was announced that the Education Endowment Foundation will be spending a further £20 million over the next two years to scale up and disseminate its evidence-based programmes and approaches, meaning innovative new teaching and organisational methods can be developed and shared among the country's schools.

This comes after recent official figures showed an increase in the number of good or outstanding school places of 420,000 in the last year. The Department for Education is hoping to continue this recent momentum with these schemes.

Education secretary Justine Greening said: "I want every child to have access to a good school place and, with almost 1.8 million more pupils in good or outstanding schools than in 2010, we are making great strides towards that goal.

"I want this investment to not only transform outcomes for children by improving schools, but also to make sure our school-led system learns from that work."

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