The TES is reporting that the government has assigned £190 million for school improvement following a £600 million cut of the ESG.
Education secretary, Justine Greening, this afternoon said £50 million would, from September 2017, help local authorities monitor and commission school improvement for low-performing maintained schools.
The money also includes a further £140 million ‘strategic school improvement fund’ targeted at maintained schools and academies “most in need of support” to “drive up standards, use their resources most effectively, and deliver more good school places”.
Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said it was transitional funding as the government moves towards an all-academy system where school leaders, working together were responsible for school improvement, rather than councils.
He called for discussions with the Department for Education to ensure the £140 million was distributed fairly, without placing burdens on schools.
He told TES: “The key thing is to ensure that support is targeted where support is most needed. There is going to have to be a very sophisticated process to identify where the need is greatest.”
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