The UK government’s new £23 million Future Talent Fund programme for England will test new and innovative ways of helping the most talented disadvantaged pupils to remain on their high performing trajectory and prevent them falling behind their more affluent peers. Organisations including state-funded schools and multi academy trusts, charities and research organisations, independent schools and universities will be invited to bid for and manage new funding designed to support their academic attainment.
Opening in Autumn 2018, the Fund will award grants to enable a trial of at least 30 projects from January 2019 with the aim of helping all schools to support their most able, disadvantaged pupils to address the drop off in academic performance between key stage 2 and key stage 4.
There will be two bidding rounds with funding aimed at championing best practice and encouraging evidence-led interventions, including those that could be funded by schools using their Pupil Premium funding. Projects supported by the fund must be delivered in non-selective, state-funded secondary schools in England and will cover at least one of the following strands of work:
- Curriculum: i.e broadening or deepening what is covered in the curriculum
- Pedagogy: e.g. individualised teaching, the use of digital technology or feedback
- Parental involvement: e.g. aspiration interventions, engagement through technology or behavioural insight techniques;
- Mentoring and tutoring: i.e. academic mentoring, community-based mentoring, school-based mentoring, one-to-one tuition, group tuition or peer tutoring;
- Transition between key stages: e.g. summer schools or transition practices in schools; and
- Enrichment activities: e.g. after-school classes, extra-curricular activities or visits.
Further details and application processes will be announced shortly.