£450,000 boost for secondary education in Basingstoke

Basingstoke secondary schools will receive nearly £0.5 million of government funds to boost improvements to GCSE education, following a successful bid from the LEaRN Teaching School Alliance, led by Thornden School, in conjunction with Hampshire County Council

Feb 22 2018

Funding of £450,000 has been agreed for investment in secondary education in the Basingstoke area, by the DfE’s Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF). The money will be used to further improve GCSE education in the area, enabling more students to achieve good results in their examinations. These are the foundations for further academic achievement at A-level and widening training and employment opportunities when students leave secondary education at age 16.

Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education at Hampshire County Council, said: “Basingstoke schools have been working really hard and achieved positive outcomes for students in the area. This has been reflected in recent Ofsted judgements which have seen, for example, Brighton Hill rated as ‘good’ and Cranbourne College has moved rapidly out of special measures to requiring improvement and is implementing a clear plan of action to further drive up standards.

“In order to draw from the Strategic School Improvement Fund, local authorities work in partnership with a leading Teaching School i.e. one known for best practice and who lead on professional development of teachers, and we are appreciative of the support we have had from Thornden School’s LEaRN Teaching Alliance which was able to lead the bid for us, and on behalf of Basingstoke schools.”

The funding will be used to build on the improvements seen in recent years and continue to raise standards in teaching and leadership, and governance. It will also support work to improve teaching in English, mathematics and the sciences. Basingstoke teachers will work collaboratively with specialist teachers and advisors to grow their knowledge and skills.