The Department for Education has announced that it has launched a second funding round under its Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF). Up to £50 million is available in 2019/20. Local Authorities and Academy Trusts can use the funding to support the expansion of selective state funded schools where:
- there is a need for additional places, both in terms of a shortfall of secondary places in the local area and a demand from parents for more selective places; and
- they have ambitious but deliverable plans for increasing access for disadvantaged pupils (by which we mean pupils eligible for the pupil premium), and
- they have plans to work with other local schools to increase access for disadvantaged pupils and to raise attainment.
Proposals must be for an enlargement of the physical capacity of a school’s buildings, and must also increase the school’s published admission numbers.
The SSEF is open to applications from LAs and academy trusts that want to apply for capital funding to support the expansion of fully selective or partially selective LA maintained schools or academies that:
- select all or part of their intake on the basis of general academic ability;
- have a good or outstanding Ofsted rating; and
- have a Progress 8 score of at least the national average
The Department for Education expect all projects to show that they are appropriately costed and respond to the project need. Applicants should make use of all funding sources available, such as loans and local contributions when putting together their funding package proposal.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 23rd April 2019.