Curriculum Fund aims to cut time needed for lesson planning


Schools Standards minister Nick Gibb has launched a multi-million pound fund to enable teachers to share high-quality lesson plans and other resources.

The first round of the £7.7 million Curriculum Fund aims to reduce the workload for teaching staff, as by sharing resourceswith other schools, there will not be a need for teachers to repeatedly develop new lesson plans.

It comes after research from the Department for Education found that teachers are frustrated by lesson planning and wanted tools to support the development of innovative and effective lessons.

The move forms part of Government efforts to reduce the workload for teachers so that they can focus more on teaching, rather than admin work.

Mr Gibb said the fund will support the sharing of information and lesson plans in instances where schools know them to be effective.

“Having easy access to high quality curriculum resources will not just save teachers time, it will make it easier for them to deliver knowledge-rich and engaging lessons that help young people to acquire the knowledge and skills they need,” he explained.

“This will help to spread excellent teaching practices and continue the drive to raise standards in our schools.”

The £7.7 Curriculum Fund was first unveiled in January, but schools can now apply for a share of funding to enable them to share resources.

In the interim period, the Department for Education has worked closely with school leaders and teachers to understand the lesson planning process.

This highlighted the need for more resources to support primary and secondary teaching staff, as many said that planning provides a degree of unnecessary workload.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds is already working closely with Ofsted and teaching unions to cut workload in schools.

Indeed, he spoke of using the Curriculum Fund to provide access to teaching resources when he addressed the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) conference in March this year.

Schools have until mid-September to apply for a share of the new fund.