Funding for schools

Please see below various funding elements which are available to support schools.

Funding to Take Geography Teaching out of the Classroom

The Frederick Soddy Trust, with the support of the Geographically Association, runs an annual Award Scheme for schools to support geography based field work and expeditions. The total sum available for awards is £2,500. Normally sums awarded are between £200 and £550.

Priority will be given to those applications that have at least a strong element of human geography. The awards are made to teams of pupils between 5 and 18 years of age. Preference will be given to those schools applying for funds for expeditions or field study in the United Kingdom and Ireland as opposed to countries elsewhere in the world.


The closing date for submitting an application is the 31st January 2015.  Further details here

The British & Foreign Schools Society

The British & Foreign Schools Society (BFSS), which supports educational projects in the UK and around the world, has announced that the next meeting for which applications can be accepted is on 7 July 2014; applications should be received at least 4 weeks in advance.

The Society supports organisations that reach out to children in remote or impoverished areas, improving inclusivity in education and providing much-needed facilities. The Society normally makes grants for educational projects totalling about £500,000 in any one year. The majority (85% of grants) are made to charities and educational bodies (with charitable status).  Full details here

Funding to Address Educational Disadvantage

The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) has announced that the next funding round will open for applications in late May 2014.

The Foundation will be seeking applications from schools and other not for profit organisations such as local authorities, universities, colleges, academy chains, mutuals and co-operatives for projects that address educational disadvantage. In particular, the Foundation is seeking to support projects that focus on innovations and on scaling up projects successful projects. Full details here

Teacher Training Scholarships for 2014

The Institute of Physics has announced that its Teacher Training Scholarships for 2014 are now open for applications. The IOP, in partnership with the Department for Education offers teacher training scholarships, worth £20,000 for people in England who would like to train to teach physics or physics with maths. Scholarships also include a package of benefits such as Institute membership and early career mentoring. 100 scholarships are available each year. To apply you will need to have;

  • a physics, engineering or mathematics degree or have a conditional PGCE offer subject to completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course in physics.;
  • an excellent, proven (or predicted) academic record with a first or 2.1 degree or hold a PhD or Masters degree or recognised equivalent;
  • by September 2014 secure your training place on an eligible PGCE or School Direct (non-salaried) physics or physics with maths course in England for the 2014/15 academic year;
  • be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company;
  • meet the bursary eligibility criteria as set out in the National College for Teaching and Leadership's bursary guidance;
  • and have an excellent understanding of school-level physics; etc.


The closing date for applications is the 16th June 2014.  Full details here

Discover Germany Trips for Secondary School Pupils

UK-German Connection which is dedicated to increasing contacts and understanding between young people in the UK and Germany has announced that  groups of up to 5 pupils plus 1 teacher from secondary schools can apply to participate in the Discovery Germany programme. 

As part of the programme, participants follow a full-time programme of activities, including cultural excursions, a visit to a German school and project-related activities. The 2013 Discover Germany took place in the Ruhr area and included project work on regeneration. Schools were expected to propose a project as part of their application that tied in with the area they were visiting and to focus on the regeneration of areas and industries, both from a UK and a German perspective.

Contact Marta Piwowarski for more information on 020 7824 1572 or

Or visit the website for full details.


Funding for Schools to Develop International Partnerships

The British Council has announced that it has re-opened its School Partnerships Grants Programme. Through the programme funding is available for UK schools to develop partnerships with schools in specific other countries. An annual grant of £1,500 for each school in the partnership is available. The funding offers young people the chance to collaborate directly with their international peers, bringing challenging global issues to life and creating cross-cultural relationships. Full details here




Published: 10/06/2014
Audience: ALL
Contact: Funds Officer

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