£7m Fund to Drive Student Attainment in Maths (England)

Funding available to support schools in England to help students join and stay on the maths excellence pathway.

The Maths Excellence Fund supports schools in England to improve student attainment and progression in maths from ages 11 to 16 and 16 to 18, increasing the number of students who are on track to succeed in A-level maths and beyond.

The Fund is a charitable programme of Ark UK Programmes, a registered charity in England and Wales.

The Fund has two principal objectives:

  1. To support schools to improve student attainment and progression in maths from ages 11 to 16 and 16 to 18, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  2. To trial and evaluate programmes in order to better understand which activities can support student attainment and progress in maths, and to establish models to replicate these beyond the Fund.

Lead Delivery Partners can be charities, multi-academy trusts, universities, local authorities or companies.

Lead Delivery Partners can be a single contractor or the lead partner within a consortium. Please note that for each proposed programme there should be one Lead Delivery Partner that submits one expression of interest only.

The Funding Round will make available a maximum of £7m for delivery costs. This will be deployed over five academic years, from 2024/25 to 2028/29.

The Fund is expecting to award contracts to between three and six Lead Delivery Partners in the Funding Round. Each Lead Delivery Partner will receive between £1m and £3m with each programme supporting over ten schools.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by the deadline of 14 July 2023.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)