Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF)

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The £140 million government fund supports delivery of school improvement, including literacy provision. We can help you include support from the National Literacy Trust in your bid. 

The third and final round of bidding is now open and will close at midday on Friday 20 April.

What is the Strategic School Improvement Fund?

The £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF) is intended to help build a school-led system, aiming to target resources at the schools most in need to improve school performance and pupil attainment.

The fund will support a broad range of school improvement activities that can include literacy interventions, programmes and CPD ranging from EYFS to GCSE. The fund will support sustainable activities until March 2020.

How to apply

Before applying for funding you will need to liaise with your sub-regional improvement board (SRIB). Once your priorities are agreed we can work with you to build a package of literacy support to achieve your goals. 

There is no set amount of funding per application but the DfE expects applications to be in the range of £100,000 to upwards of £500,000. 

Read a full overview from the DfE

Key information

  • Who can apply?

    There is a range of eligibility criteria that the DfE has set out, focussing on need and attainment. The following bodies can apply:

    Multi-academy trusts
    Teaching school alliances
    Local authorities
  • What is the focus?

    Applications are encouraged that focus on:

    Improving literacy at EYFS
    Widening vocabulary and a love of reading at Key Stage 2
    Increasing progress and attainment for disadvantaged pupils

National Literacy Trust support

The DfE welcomes applications that include programmes evaluated by the Education Endowment Fun (EEF), such as our course IPEELL: Improving Writing in Key Stage 2. Consider the below programmes for inclusion in your bid; we also offer consultancy and a whole-school approach through our secondary CPD Language and Literacy within the Curriculum.

We will provide costings and an evidence base to support your application. For more information email

Full range of courses

Next steps

To find out more about how we can help, call 020 7587 3061 or complete our expression of interest form and we will get in touch with more information.  

Expression of interest