Strategic School Improvement Fund SSIF

In the first round of bids in 2017, our partnership of Bury Teaching Schools Alliance, St Monica's Catholic Teaching School Alliance and Bury Council was successful in being awarded £450,000 from the Department of Education.

This funding is provided under the Strategic School Improvement Fund to allow sustained and significant school to school support. The majority of primary schools in Bury, and all the secondary schools are engaged in the project in some way. Schools providing advice and expertise are mainly but not exclusively from Bury, and many schools are not only providing support but seeking support. As a result, the project is encouraging all schools to learn from the best practice of each other.

The focus of the grant is to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in Bury and beyond, and each school is involved in one or more of the three strands of the project.

Strand Focus
1 Literacy in primary

Phonics acquisition, reading comprehension, transition between EYFS/KS1/KS2. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) on Power of Reading, Reading Fluency.

2 Effective pupil premium strategies Pupil premium review on a peer model, CPD for Social, Emotional and Mental Health, use of support staff.
3 Transition KS2/3 Sharing understanding between KS2 and KS3 of curriculum expectations. Meeting the demands of literacy across the curriculum.

The project was originally planned to run September 2017 - Spring 2019. As the offer of funding was only announced on 31st August, the timetable has been adjusted. However, we are making rapid progress to ensure the impact is made in the current school year, as well as the following one. The Project Lead  is active in supporting schools to achieve the outcomes together.

Our latest major component of the SSIF Project is our partnership with UCL Institute of Education to provide the MITA Programme (Maximising Impact of Teaching Assistants).  Go to their website.