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Suffolk schools are being encouraged to show their ambition and enthusiasm by applying to the Raising the Bar (RtB) Challenge Fund.

The second round of funding has now been made available to Suffolk schools who are operating or want to initiate ambitious and innovative projects that aim to raise attainment.

Schools are invited to bid for funding from the RtB Challenge Fund and demonstrate parental engagement and sustainability through their planning. Schools are also expected to work collaboratively with other schools to access the funding.

The project could be focused on a particular issue, subject or need. As long as the project can show how it aims to make a direct impact on pupil attainment or progress then it will be eligible for consideration.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “Through Raising the Bar we encourage peer-to-peer support as well as collaborative working between schools.

“After previous successful Challenge Fund opportunities we have seen some great work carried out which has benefitted the whole school system; it shows great community spirit and mutual support among local schools in helping to achieve what we all want for Suffolk’s young people, for them to reach their full potential.”

The Challenge Fund is designed to support projects which have ambitious targets. In order to support this ambition the fund works on the principle of being rewarded for performance.

The fund will support up to 50% of the project costs, to a maximum of £5,000 per school (however there is some flexibility to recognise the varying sizes of schools). The first 40% is paid up front to facilitate the project starting within the remaining 10% to be paid on achievement of targets.

It is anticipated that most projects funded through this round would start either in April 2015 if ready to go, or September 2015. The fund will be open to any publicly funded school in Suffolk.

For more information on The Challenge Fund and details around how you can be involved, please visit: www.suffolk.gov.uk/the-challenge-fund

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