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Will cuts in school improvement fund pay rise?

Will cuts in school improvement fund pay rise?

Signs are growing that the government is cutting back flagship school-improvement programmes to help fund a pay rise for teachers.

Organisations that unsuccessfully applied for the £45 million second round of the Department for Education’s Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) were told on Friday that there had been a “re-prioritisation”.

The news comes at a time when the DfE is coming under increasing pressure to ensure schools do not have to fund a widely anticipated pay rise for teachers from their already-stretched budgets.

The announcement of a pay deal has been long delayed, amid a dispute between the DfE and the Treasury about how it will be paid for.

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