As a publisher of mainstream curriculum material, in particular Maths GCSE syllabus books and revision material, Red cliff Learning attended the first external presentation by the DfE after the launch of the new Curriculum Fund initiative (Less than 12 hours after the launch).
Part of a small group of British Educational Suppliers, we were able to put questions as to the processes and goals envisaged by the DfE.
At this stage it is "early days" and the fund team will be looking to get pilot schools to run KS2 and KS3 studies into providing high class teacher generated material for Science, History or Geography (applications for grants are open until mid September) from the start of Winter Term 2019.
The £7.7M fund will be used over the next 5 years to provide funding to cover replacement teachers whilst schools use existing knowledgeable staff to generate curriculum material.
As a KS4 specialist publisher it was interesting to learn that KS4 is not seen as a focus for this initiative and that the main beneficiaries will be KS2 and KS3.
We will be kept up to date by both the DfE and BESA in follow up meetings - BESA will be taking questions to the Curriculum Fund team next week - and will post any major updates.