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Curriculum Fund - DfE ‘curriculum programme pilot’ grant - NB Deadline 17 Sept 2018


Finance is an ever-pressing concern and so any additional funds which may become available are welcome.

In January 2018, the government announced a £7.7m Curriculum Fund to reduce the workload burden associated with curriculum planning. As a first step, the Department for Education has launched the first phase of this fund through the ‘curriculum programme pilot’ grant. The pilot is intended to test the impact of knowledge-rich, well-sequenced curriculum programmes on reducing teacher workload and improving pupil outcomes.

A fund will be available for a small number of schools to refine high quality curriculum programmes they have already developed, and to trial these with other schools. The pilot will be open to schools with programmes in history, geography and/or science, for key stages 2 and/or 3 and will run from January 2019 for two terms. Schools and trusts can register interest and receive further information by emailing:

 Please note the (fast-approaching) deadline for applications is Monday 17 September at 11:45pm.