Schools can start applying for money from the £7.7 million pot today, with a cut-off date of 17 September – just two weeks into the new academic year.
Rachel Gooch, a national leader of governance who tweets as @SchoolDuggery, tweeted:
“You have to be joking, DfE. Application window now open for the new Curriculum Fund (for schools to bid for to share teaching resources with other schools). Closes 17 September.
You do know schools are on holiday and the first priority when we get back at the end of the first week in September will not be bidding for another pot of money that you might decide to withdraw at any point?
And the release has the gall to nod to the workload reduction toolkit. Sort it out, @educationgovuk. So much time wasted writing bids.”
The curriculum fund will give school grants to help share teaching resources with other schools, with the aim of saving teachers from having to repeatedly create lesson plans from scratch.
The pilot will run from January 2019 for two terms, and will be open to schools with programmes in history, geography and/or science, for key stages 2 and/or 3.
What do you think? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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