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Strategic school improvement fund

Expert support for schools to design and deliver professional development, evaluation and evidence gathering

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About the fund

The Department for Education Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF) is a fund intended to build a school-led system, and targets resources at the schools most in need of improvements in performance and student attainment. Activities include interventions designed to improve leadership, teaching approaches, and governance, among others.

The fund provides grants for schools to engage in the design and delivery of these interventions. It supports primary, secondary, middle, all-through, pupil referral units, alternative provision and special academies and maintained schools. Teaching schools and multi-academy trusts can submit applications to the Department for Education for funding on behalf of the sector to address improvement priorities across groups of schools.

Please see the DfE's Guidance to learn more about the SSIF.

SIoE's role

Colleagues in the Sheffield Institute of Education, from a range of education disciplines, are providing expert help and support for schools to design and deliver activities such as professional development for teachers, evaluation, and evidence gathering.

These collaborations not only enable schools to tap into the vast range of expertise on offer from SIoE colleagues, ensuring a link between theory and practice, but also enable academic colleagues to add to their research-informed practice by working closely with teacher practitioners.

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Research team

Stuart Bevins 120368

Dr Stuart Bevins

Senior research fellow

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Karen Daniels

Dr Karen Daniels

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

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Gareth Price

Gareth Price

Senior Lecturer

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Roberta Taylor 204427

Dr Roberta Taylor

Senior Lecturer in English and Education Studies

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Emily Perry 206737

Dr Emily Perry

Professor of Education

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Bronwen Maxwell 121106

Dr Bronwen Maxwell

Head of Commissioned Research

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Cathy Burnett 119579

Professor Cathy Burnett

Professor of Literacy and Education

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Martin Culliney

Dr Martin Culliney

Research fellow

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Martin Illingworth

Senior Lecturer in English Education

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Dr Josephine Booth

Senior research fellow

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Naomi Cooper

Senior Lecturer Primary ITT Courses

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