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The city is to benefit from £200,000 following a successful bid via the Portsmouth Education Partnership from the national Strategic School Improvement Fund.  The money will fund a project to support pupils from low income families and help improve educational outcomes.

The project will allow 18 schools (primary, secondary and special) in the city to work on a range of interventions that will improve the outcomes for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds using the successful 'Challenge the Gap' model which improved outcomes for pupils in Portsmouth over the past two years. 

Challenge the Gap draws on the latest research, proven best practice and emerging innovation, training and supporting school leaders, teachers and other professionals to identify and implement interventions that work best for them.

There was stiff competition for the funding with 197 applications - Portsmouth's bid was the only successful one for the Solent and Hampshire sub region: which demonstrates the strength of the collaboration within the Portsmouth Education Partnership.

Cllr Hannah Hockaday Cabinet Member for Education said: "'I am delighted that additional school improvement funding has been secured for Portsmouth.  The funding will help the Portsmouth Education Partnership to continue to raise standards in our schools and ensure that those pupils who are from low income families can achieve and fulfil their potential."