Great news and not quite so great news!
Good Morning Everyone,
I hope you had a good weekend and enjoyed the recent sunshine.
We have heard that we have been successful in our reading bid which is FANTASTIC news. The not quite so good news is that they have reduced the amount of funding we asked for and have been very specific about what has had to go. The funding for the secondary pilot has gone, as has the funding for additional resources for each primary school. However, the rest more or less remains in place with some small cuts here and there.
I am currently working on adjusting the budget and once this is done I will update the handbook and send it out to all schools. I am proposing that our secondary pilot will continue just without any funding, I believe passionately in the work we are doing and am convinced that schools supporting schools is a model which works. For primary schools NOT named in the bid, there will be a reduction to termly funding but I will make all of this clear in the revised handbook. For those of you involved in the project a reading newsletter will come out later this week, so please keep an eye open for it and make sure your SBMs check the handbook so they invoice for the right amount.
With SSIF1 and SSIF2 in the last 6 months we have now successfully attracted an additional £1.25million to support school improvement in our great city impacting directly on 83 schools and indirectly over 100. What an achievement!!!
Have a good week and you know where I am if you need anything
My very best wishes to you all
Director of Continuous School Improvement, Birmingham Education Partnership