Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF)

The Department has commissioned the Teaching Schools Council to coordinate and support applications from LAs, TSAs and MATs in line with the improvement priorities identified by Sub-Regional Improvement Boards.

Further details regarding the SSIF process, how to access the eligability criteria, queries and support to develop collaborative applications can be found within the information below:

The £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund is a grant to support primary, secondary, middle, all-through, alternative provision and special academies and maintained schools, and pupil referral units. It is intended to further build a school-led system, and aims to target resources at the schools most in need to improve school performance and pupil attainment; to help them use their resources most effectively, and to deliver more good school places.

Regional Priorities 


Eligiblility Criteria  

SSIF application form                                     

Contact your Local Lead 


SSIF Support 

The DfE and TSC are developing a support package for R3 applicants the details of which are still being finalised. The TSC team will contact known applicants personally but if you are intending to submit an application and haven’t shared your intention with either TSC, DfE or one of the LPMs please contact to enable us to support you appropriately.

The DfE have agreed to do a one-time read of each application and feedback on areas for development – if you would to take up this opportunity please email your application to by no later than 6th April.


Upcoming Information events

Joint DfE/TSC events are being held to support this process and explain how to apply.

7th February - Humber Region 9:30am - 12:30pm - venue: The Cottingham High School and Sixth Form College, Harland Way, Cottingham, HU16 5PX 

8th February - South Yorkshire - 9:30am - 12:30pm - venue: The Barnsley TSA Training Centre, The Pavilion Building, Barnsley, S75 5EF

*If you are interested in these events, please contact Pat Dubas,

9th February - Webinar - 10am - 12pm. 

To view the slides from this event please click here  

21st February - SSIF Road Show, East Midlands North and South, 9am - 12pm, Kegworth Hotel, Packington Hill, Kegworth Derbyshire DE74 2DF

To view slides from this roadshow please click here

1st March - Webinar - 1pm - 3pm - login details to follow 


We are encouraging colleagues from the Teaching Schools, MAT's, LA's and DBE to attend one of the events listed above. The EMSYH Teaching School Council Regional Team will be jointly leading the events and will be encouraging:

  • Collaborative applications across the sector that make effective use of the capacity available to use across the system 
  • A range of applications to ensure each of the priority areas identified are being targeted  
  • Effective communications and engagement with eligible schools 

Click here to sign up for weekly updates from the TSC.


Eligible schools list

An updated list of eligible schools and accompanying maps have now been sent to members of the Local Partnership Meetings (LPM)/Sub Regional Improvement Boards (SRIBs). This information is privileged but can be shared for the purposes of developing applications to the SSIF, with and within organisations intending to apply to SSIF. The information cannot be shared more widely than this and must not be published or shared in an uncontrolled manner.

If you are a potential applicant and wish to access the eligible schools updated information please contact either your local LPM/SRIB member or email where your request will be considered.


What else:

How are priorities identified?

Who should I contact if I want to discuss the priorities?

Who is representing my local areas at the Local Partnership Board meetings?