Organisations are being invited to manage new funding designed to support the academic attainment of the country's brightest pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The £23 million Future Talent Fund programme will test new and innovative ways of helping the most talented disadvantaged pupils to prevent them falling behind their more affluent peers.

The new fund manager will run and evaluate a trial of projects from January 2019 which will help all schools to support their most able, disadvantaged pupils - to address the drop off in academic performance between key stage 2 and key stage 4.

Following two bidding rounds, the programme will deliver at least 30 trial projects between January 2019 and July 2020. The scheme will champion best practice and encourage evidence-led interventions, including those that could be funded by schools using their Pupil Premium funding.

In the autumn, a variety of organisations will be eligible to apply for the funding. This will include state-funded schools and multi academy trusts, charities and research organisations, independent schools and universities. Projects supported by the fund must be delivered in non-selective, state-funded secondary schools in England and will cover at least one of the following strands of work:

  • Curriculum: such as broadening or deepening what is covered in the curriculum
  • Pedagogy: for example, individualised teaching, the use of digital technology or feedback
  • Parental involvement: which could include aspiration interventions, engagement through technology or behavioural insight techniques
  • Mentoring and tutoring: including academic mentoring, community based mentoring, school based mentoring, one-to-one tuition, group tuition or peer tutoring
  • Transition between key stages: such as summer schools or transition practices in schools
  • Enrichment activities: which could include after-school classes, extra-curricular activities or visits.