Almost £1m pledged for North East’s struggling schools

Schools Minister David Laws

Schools Minister David Laws

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Struggling schools across the North East are set to benefit from a total of £905,000 of funding through the first round of the Government’s School to School Support fund.

The funding, provided by the Department for Education, will support excellent school leaders working with up to 83 schools in the North East facing the most challenging circumstances. The School to School Support fund enables exceptional school leaders – through the existing National Leaders of Education (NLEs) and Teaching Schools programmes – to bring about improvements to teaching and leadership in under-performing schools, in addition to leading their own outstanding schools.

The £905,000 funding for the North East comes as part of a successful first application round which has awarded more than £10million of funding in 2014-15 to support more than 1,000 schools across the country. Schools Minister David Laws announced last month that £10million will be available for the School-to-School Support Fund in 2015-16, taking the total investment to more than £20million over two years. This school-led approach will help raise standards and narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

Mr Laws said: “We know that strong leadership and high-quality teaching are vital to improving pupil outcomes. This valuable funding will allow schools which face some of the greatest challenges to benefit from the skills, expertise and knowledge of our best school leaders, to drive improvements and raise standards. We want to enable exceptional leaders to share their experience with schools that need it most, to help close the attainment gap and build a fairer society in which every child is able to reach their full potential.”