Schools given ‘galling’ deadline for workload fund bids

The government has come under fire for opening bids for a curriculum fund aimed at cutting teacher workload at the start of the summer holiday. Tes reports

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.

Read more Schools given ‘galling’ deadline for workload fund bids

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  1. Kevin Hodge

    Adding the galling deadline to apply for money-I slightly despair, having run schools, inspected them, and advise them that the educational mattering it’s always about the unreasonableness of deadlines when there are long holidays. Well Alex out that MPs have long holidays-the majority of people do not and I always think there is a wry smile when they read i’ll unreasonable it is that the deadline is nearly 3 weeks into the new term-given the children should come back and teachers ready to go-I really don’t see the problem. It does the profession little credit not to realise that the vast majority of folks after work through the summer holidays and I’m not privileged to be there long holidays or the apparent lack of pressure that they face-both are not true. It seems perfectly reasonable to me that colleagues go away, have a lovely holiday, but one of their first priorities is the better for money that they might not otherwise have-come on-as I teach my kids-‘what’s wrong is always available-and so is what is right’ less whingeing please and more action in September !

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