The White Paper may be on the back-burner but the government’s ambition for all schools to become academies was firmly reiterated yesterday in a statement from the DfE announcing new funding for school improvement to be released from September 2017.

Justine Greening does, however, recognise the need to support all schools whilst there continues to be a dual system of both maintained and academy schools within the system and has promised £50 million to local authorities to continue their work in monitoring and commissioning improvement work for low-performing maintained schools.

A further £140 million is promised to a ‘Strategic School Improvement Fund’ which aims to targets those schools (both maintained and academy) most in need of support.

In her statement, the Education Secretary said: “I want every child to have access to a good school place … I want this investment to not only transform outcomes for children by improving schools, but also to make sure our school-led system learns from that work.  That is why the EEF has a key role to play in this project.”

The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) has committed a further £20 million over two years to scale up and disseminate evidence-based programmes and approaches.

If you want to know more about becoming an academy or how to commission support for your school, Teaching Schools:MK (a collaboration between all the teaching schools across Milton Keynes) can offer impartial advice and guidance.  Contact us at

For more information about the research projects carried out by the EEF, check out their website here:

Wishing you a very happy Thursday!