Two Macclesfield Multi-Academy Trusts are celebrating their success in winning a major DfE School Improvement grant.

The Aspire Educational Trust, a six school Primary Trust based at Ash Grove Primary and The Fallibroome Trust, an eight school Trust led by The Fallibroome Academy, worked together to submit a bid for funding to improving writing in years 6 and 7.

The £600,000 award will be used to train teachers in strategies for improving pupils’ writing in schools across Cheshire East and Cheshire West.

The bid included Primary schools in Macclesfield that are outside the two Multi-Academy Trusts and Primary schools in Winsford associated with Fallibroome’s sister school, The Winsford Academy.

Fallibroome Trust CEO Peter Rubery said:

‘This is great news for a significant number of schools and pupils and demonstrates the value of Multi-Academy Trusts working together for the benefit of the wider community.’

Aspire Trust CEO Kevin Simpson said:

‘Our plan is based on secure research evidence about effective practice and we are committed to a formal evaluation of the impact on pupils’ skills and confidence in writing that will support their transition to secondary school.’

The DfE announced a £140m Strategic School Improvement Fund last term and invited bids from Multi-Academy Trusts, Teaching Schools and Local Authorities.  Cheshire East and West LA collaborated on a £500k bid to improve mathematics outcomes for disadvantaged pupils that was also approved by the Department for Education