The Department for Education has announced that Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges in England can apply to a new £15 million Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF). The aim of the fund is to support struggling Colleges improve through the introduction of a peer-to-peer support programme that will share good practice, foster mutual learning and enable rapid action to improve quality.
Colleges can apply for grants of between £80,000 and £200,000 and are only be available to colleges that were graded ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ at their most recent Ofsted inspection and that are able to partner with another college to drive improvements.
There is a 2- stage application process. The closing date for stage 1 applications is the 3rd December 2018. At stage 1, applicant colleges do not need to have chosen a partner college and on the application, they may request assistance with finding one.
At stage 2, colleges will complete a second, more detailed application form including proposed quality improvement activities, costings and key milestones.