Revealed: The 11 schools picked to lead £2.4m curriculum fund programme pilots

Eleven academies have been selected to lead trials of the government’s new curriculum fund programme.

The schools, most of which are in London and the south east of England, will split £2.4 million of funding this year to find the best ways to reduce teacher workload and improve results. No local authority-maintained schools were selected.

Each school will get a maximum of £150,000 each to pilot one programme, and up to £100,000 for each additional programme tested by the same school.

Justine Greening, the former education secretary, announced last January that the new curriculum fund, with £7.7 million available overall, would be used to pilot ways of delivering the 2014 national curriculum and tackling the burden of paperwork.

But the selection process for the first wave of schools proved controversial after it was revealed last year that only schools with a knowledge-rich curriculum were allowed to apply.

Among the schools selected are Pimlico Primary, run by former academies minister Lord Nash’s Future Academies trust, the West London Free School, which was founded by former New Schools Network boss Toby Young and Reach Feltham, a school frequently praised by ministers.


RegionLead schoolCurriculum programme
South east and south LondonOasis Academy South BankKS3 geography,
KS3 science
South central and north west LondonPimlico PrimaryKS2 geography,
KS2 history
South central and north west LondonReach Academy FelthamKS2 geography,
KS3 geography,
KS2 history
NorthSacred Heart Catholic High SchoolKS2 geography
East Midlands and HumberSaint Martin’s Catholic AcademyKS3 science
South east and south LondonThornden SchoolKS3 science
Lancashire and west YorkshireTrinity Academy HalifaxKS3 history
West midlandsArk St Alban’s AcademyKS3 geography
South central and north west LondonKendrick SchoolKS3 science
South central and north west LondonThe Cherwell SchoolKS3 history
South central and north west LondonWest London Free SchoolKS3 history


Note: This article has been updated to correct a mistake made by the Department for Education in its original list which listed Ark Bolingbroke Academy as a lead school for KS3 geography, rather than Ark St Alban’s Academy.

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