Last reviewed 17 April 2023

Children in disadvantaged areas will benefit from stronger schools and increased local investment, as up to £42 million is to be allocated to Priority Education Investment Areas (PEIAs).

These are the 24 areas of the country with high levels of disadvantaged pupils and low educational attainment, including Nottingham, Liverpool and Portsmouth. They are intended to boost education in cold spots round the country through a package of measures including retaining good teachers in the areas, tackling attendance and moving struggling schools into strong multi-academy trusts.

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that the Local Needs Fund will be used to help schools to access evidenced-based programmes that will help boost pupils’ literacy, numeracy and attendance.

The Government is also publishing the Academies Regulatory and Commissioning Review, which sets out a framework for developing the impact of the academies system which it sees as being at the heart of its reforms.

The review proposes cutting down on administrative bureaucracy, enabling trusts to focus on quality, greater public transparency around the process by which schools are placed with academy trusts, and support for the sector to spread expertise and increase overall capacity to keep improving schools.

Schools Systems Minister, Baroness Barran, said: “We know the best multi-academy trusts deliver a great education and results for pupils, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with Special Education Needs or Disabilities. They help teachers manage workload and create career opportunities by working as a family of schools.”

A series of Trust Development Statements (TDS) have also been published for the first time.

These statements set out the priorities in each education investment area for developing a trust landscape led by high-quality trusts to transform standards locally and turn around underperforming schools.