PLEASE NOTE: At present, we can only consider applications from Hertfordshire state-funded secondary schools.
Each academic year we intend to award the following grants to Hertfordshire secondary schools:
Secondary Minor Awards
- A total of £20,000 will be spread over each academic year and awarded across all three focus areas.
- The maximum bid for any minor award is £1000.
- Minor Awards can be applied for at any time until each half-term's pot runs out. The pot is then refilled at the beginning of the next half-term and applications reopen.
- A running total of the remaining award fund for the current half-term will be shown above the application form.
- Secondary schools may only receive 1 Minor Award in each focus area per academic year (i.e. a maximum of 3 Minor Awards per year, 1 in each focus area). If a Minor Award application is unsuccessful, schools may apply again in the same focus area.
A brilliant scheme that has enabled us to purchase those 'dream' pieces of equipment that we wish we could buy but cannot justify within our own ever diminishing budgets!
- The Bushey Academy, November 2019
Secondary Major Award (2020/21)
- There will be three Major Awards of £10,000 each. One Major Award will be given in each of our three focus areas of STEM, Physical Education and Effective Learning.
- There will be no Highly Commended or Commended awards (as there have been in previous years).
- There will only be one application form (no extension form for shortlisted schools as in previous years)
- Schools may apply for 1 Major Award in each focus area per academic year (i.e. a maximum of 3 Major Award applications per year, 1 in each focus area).
- A school may be awarded the Major Award in more than one focus area in each academic year.
- The opening date and deadline for the Major Award will be clearly displayed on the relevant pages of the website each year. For 2020/21, it is likely to run from January to Easter 2021.
Effective Learning Additional Awards (From January 2021)
- From January 2021, we will be offering an additional award to further promote effective learning in schools.
- Each school will be allowed to apply for up to £1,000 to help fund access to online learning and/or outside learning experts.
- This award will be in addition to the normal Secondary Minor Award allowance. Some or all of a Secondary Minor Award may be used in conjunction with this additional award.
- You will use the same application form for the Minor and the E.L. Additional awards.
- The organisation/supplier/platform/software you use is up to you. Having said that, we are currently forging links with organisations and suppliers - getting to know their products and services and hopefully negotiating a discount. We will publish this information on a “Collaborators” page. Examples of potential suppliers can be found on our EL. Resources: Online Resources and E.L. Resources: Training Providers pages. **
Here is a little more detail on the two aspects of our E.L. Additional Awards:
- This is for a project to help implement/improve/extend online and blended learning for pupils.
- It is likely to involve purchasing access to an online learning platform and/or software.
- Some thought as to how an annual subscription would be funded in future years will strengthen applications.
- Schools cannot use this additional allowance for computer equipment (e.g. laptops, Chromebooks, iPads).
- This is to bring in an outside expert/organisation to embed effective learning techniques into school.
- Successful applications are likely to have an element of teacher training and/or some other method of embedding techniques into the department/school rather than just e.g. a one-day workshop or presentation for pupils.
As we grow, we will also aim to help schools in other ways e.g:
- competions with school and pupil prizes.
- building an easy-to-use database of other organisations that support our objectives and focus areas.
- recruiting organisations and businesses to supply expert visitors to schools and facilitate pupil and teacher visits/placements. Schools will then have access to these contacts.
- Negotiating discounts from suppliers of educational services that fit our focus areas.
- invite bids from other counties.
*As always, we don’t specifically endorse any organisation on our links pages but offer the information for teachers to evaluate the resources for themselves.