Essential Life Skills Funding – Grant funding to schools

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Schools and Colleges across Bradford will be receiving letters in the post from Monday 19th February outlining details of the Essential Life Skills Fund.

 This Essential Life Skills grant funding is now available to provide or purchase extra-curricular activities for pupils aged 5 – 18, running from April 2018 – August 2019. This funding is offered as part of Bradford’s Opportunity Area Programme: a series of targeted investments to improve social mobility across the city.

The Essential Life Skills Funding is aimed at increasing participation in extra-curricular activities that help children and young people develop resilience, team working, communication and other ‘essential life skills’, proven to increase confidence, broaden horizons and support social mobility. Evidence shows that these skills can be developed through activities such as arts, sports, volunteering, young enterprise and social action projects.

We want to give schools as much flexibility as possible in delivering these activities. However, there are a small number of funding requirements;

  • We expect that disadvantaged pupils will be prioritised for activities
  • This money must support new or significantly extended activity
  • It cannot be used to replace current funding for any ongoing or planned activity that is already taking place in schools.

Schools will be informed of their grant allocation amount/s in the letter.

In order to ‘draw down’ grant allocations, schools/colleges are asked to complete an application form outlining proposed activity.

Schools can choose to provide activities themselves, purchase from providers they know or explore a range of new activity from external providers.  To assist schools in purchasing from external provider we have produced an ‘Activity Guide’ which lists a variety of providers that can provide a wide range of extra curricular activity in accordance with the guidance.

See the supporting documentation including the application form which is now available to assist you in completing your application by clicking into the ‘Leadership and Management’ section of BSO and click on ‘Essential Life Skills Funding’ page.

We are running two briefing sessions for schools in Bradford and Keighley on 21st February with the aim of helping you understand the requirements of the funding, how to apply, and understanding how activity needs to link with the Pathway Essentials of the Bradford Pathways Framework)

Event 1 - Bradford 10am-12pm at Indus Hall, Kala Sangam,

Book your place 

Event 2 - Keighley 2pm-4pm at Keighley College

Book your place  

Places are limited due to venue size so priority will be based on a first come first served basis

If you require further information, then please email

Please follow up on Twitter @BradfordOppArea


Published: 16/02/2018
Audience: Head Teachers
Contact: Kathryn Loftus

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