Councils set to raid school budgets as £50m improvement grant faces axe

The government has announced plans to scrap a £50 million grant for local authority school improvement activities, asking councils to top-slice school budgets instead.

School leaders said it could be seen as a “thinly veiled attempt to turn up the heat” on councils and maintained schools to pursue academisation.

The Department for Education launched a consultation today on plans to scrap the school improvement monitoring and brokering grant. Doing so will provide a “smoother transition” to its longer-term plan for all schools to join multi-academy trusts, the DfE said.

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