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Final round of Strategic College Improvement Fund opens

Monday February 11th, 2019

More colleges are set to benefit from bespoke support to help them boost the standard of further education on offer, as the final round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF) launched on Friday (8 February).Government Opportunities

The Strategic College Improvement Fund was launched in June 2018, following an earlier pilot phase. In total, fifty colleges have been successful in securing funding to work with a high performing partner college to share their knowledge to help tackle common issues – such as raising the standard of teaching or boosting learner attendance and retention.

The launch of the final application round comes as a new report highlights how the SCIF received overwhelming support from the colleges that took part in the pilot phase. Colleges reported a number of positive benefits including how the SCIF helped them boost the quality of teaching and learning, strengthened their collaborative working approaches, raised aspirations and supported college-wide improvements in culture and leadership.

The Strategic College Improvement Fund was developed following calls from the further education sector for a peer-to-peer support programme. The SCIF plays an important role alongside the National Leaders of Further Education and National Leaders of Governance programmes, which draw on the expertise and experience of some of the best further education leaders, governors and clerks to help other colleges to improve.

We very much hope that all remaining eligible colleges will make an application to the third and final round of the programme and take advantage of working with a college partner on practical and focused strategies to develop teaching, learning and assessment.

The application window for the third and final round of SCIF is open until Friday 8 March 2019.

We expect to announce the successful colleges from the second application round in March. For more information on the application process, visit here.

Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships, Anne Milton said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled that the Strategic College Improvement Fund has already supported 50 colleges to improve so they can provide their students with the best possible education.

This is the last opportunity to secure funding from the SCIF, so I would urge eligible colleges to apply now.”

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