Local School Improvement Fund
The Slough Local School Improvement Fund exists because of an agreement by Slough Schools Forum to use an historic underspend of centrally retained funds to support local school improvement initiatives. Additional funding from Slough Borough Council has brought the total of the local school improvement fund to around £230,000, of which around £150,000 is currently committed to supporting projects.
Schools are able to ‘bid’ for funding for school to school support or to work on collaborative projects, linked to local priorities. The funds are held by the Slough Teaching School Alliance on behalf of the Slough schools’ community and can be accessed through a simple application and assessment process.
The Slough Teaching School Alliance (STSA) and Slough Borough Council (SBC) work in partnership to oversee the bids and are responsible for quality assurance once funds have been released. Action plans and outcomes of the bids are monitored to ensure value for money and maximum outcomes.
The Local School Improvement Fund has supported a range of initiatives including:
- Reading development in Years 3 and 4 across 10 primary schools
- Developing secondary school subject networks
- Secondary inter-school collaboration on improving SEND provision and working with more able students
- Secondary PSHE network and curriculum development
- A project on early language development involving 10 primary schools
- Improving assessment in Slough nursery schools
- Improving outcomes for Looked After Children
- Developing Young Health Champions pilot programme
- Developing vocabulary in early years
SBC has seconded a local headteacher for 2 days a week as a Senior Education Liaison Officer, acting in a ‘bridging’ role between the council and the Slough Teaching School Alliance to broker support for schools, ensure quality assurance and to monitor and assess the impact of successful bids.
Local School Improvement Fund Main Contact
Senior School Effectiveness Officer
Slough Borough Council