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DfE launch £23 million Future Talent Fund programme

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The Department for Education has announced a £23 million programme to support the brightest pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to reach their potential.

The £23 million programme will deliver at least 30 trial projects between January 2019 and July 2020 following two bidding rounds. The scheme will champion best practice and encourage evidence-led interventions, including those that could be funded by schools using their Pupil Premium funding.

In the autumn, a variety of organisations will be eligible to apply for the funding. This will include state-funded schools and multi academy trusts, charities and research organisations, independent schools and universities. Projects supported by the fund must be delivered in non-selective, state-funded secondary schools in England and will cover at least one of the following strands of work:

  • Curriculum: such as broadening or deepening what is covered in the curriculum;
  • Pedagogy: for example, individualised teaching, the use of digital technology or feedback;
  • Parental involvement: which could include aspiration interventions, engagement through technology or behavioural insight techniques;
  • Mentoring and tutoring: including academic mentoring, community based mentoring, school based mentoring, one-to-one tuition, group tuition or peer tutoring;
  • Transition between key stages: such as summer schools or transition practices in schools; and
  • Enrichment activities: which could include after-school classes, extra-curricular activities or visits

The full announcement  can be found here

First published 01 May 2018