Secondary Major Award Application Form

Secondary Major Award Applications  


Reopening early 2021

 Major Awards 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. 
  • Schools may apply for 1 Major Award in each focus area per academic year (i.e. a maximum of 3 Major Award applications, 1 in each focus area). 
  • A school may win 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.  For 2020/21, it is likely to run from January to Easter 2021
  • Please fill in this form and press the send button.  We advise you to word process your longer answers and paste them into the boxes in case of a submission glitch.  You are very welcome to email any supporting documentation (e.g. a costs spreadsheet) to - just tell us you have done this in the form.
Writing a decent funding application takes time and effort as you know and I wanted to share with you the fact that even if you are not successful or have only partial success the effort should not be wasted but that effort could be redirected to achieve success elsewhere.  ...working up the details of the application with the identification of a need, documenting and costing it has created a project that has encouraged support from other sources, the school budget and the PTA, with the result of some very significant additions/improvements to our teaching resources.  
 - Presdales School, November 2019



Secondary School Major Award Application Form

This information needs to be as specific as possible.  Imagine you have the money already and you are ordering the equipment/activity/training etc.

Example:   To replace worn-out multigym equipment and purchase new items. (PE bid) 

The items we would like are:

3x Life Fitness Activate Series Upright Bike 885
2x Life Fitness Activate Series Cross Trainer 5,500
1x Life Fitness Activate Series Treadmill 3,295
2x Life Fitness Row GX Trainer 990
Various skipping ropes and medicine balls 320
TOTAL (ex VAT) £10,990


(We have secured a commitment to the additional £990 funding from the PTA should this bid be successful**)

** Proof of additional funding will be required before an award can be made

Links to each of these items could be given here or in question 2b

Please select/complete one or more of the following

Individual/small group...
Key stage(s)...
Year group(s)...
Whole school...    Check for yes
Teacher(s) trained...

This is your chance to explain how your project is going to benefit your pupils.  

Example:  A Learning Week  (Effective Learning bid)

(the week starts on a scheduled INSET day with outside experts coming in to train staff in accelerated learning methods.  The experts then give workshops to pupils throughout the rest of the week.  A two-year subscription to an online, interactive accelerated learning program from a different supplier is also part of the bid.)

The INSET day will help all staff revise, learn and apply a wide range of accelerated learning techniques to their teaching.  The techniques covered on the day include: speed reading/skimming, effective note taking, memory techniques, mind-mapping, motivation/focus and revision strategies.  

The outside instructor workshops will be an effective way to excite and engage the pupils about the techniques and a further opportunity for staff to see first-hand how to embed them into teaching these specific students. 

Finally, the interactive accelerated learning program revises most of the workshop techniques and teaches additional strategies using many examples and has short, interactive quizzes, templates and videos.  Sessions can be incorporated into lessons and set for homework etc.  The two years will be long enough to really benefit current students and give us time to budget for future subscriptions.

Success might be shown in many ways including improved test results or breadth/depth of answers to open questions or simply more engagement with home learning tasks.  The strongest benefit is that, with the teachers being trained, then the improvements should continue year after year.

What difference will your activity/experience/resource make to the school's normal, core provision?

Example 1:  A lathe and laser cutter (STEM bid)

A high quality, multi-material lathe and a laser cutter would allow new technology courses to run (e.g. the new “T” level in Engineering and Manufacture) and facilitate previously inaccessible modules in existing courses.  Additionally, after-school D and T clubs could be expanded and Young Enterprise teams could manufacture their own products.  Year 5 and 6 pupils from feeder primary schools could have technology days and the local craft club could hire the workshop.

Example 2:  An outside learning area (Effective Learning bid)

Providing a pond and nature area and stocking it with plants and workspaces would have obvious advantages for practical biology lessons but would also give effective learning benefits across the curriculum from working outdoors.   Mentoring sessions could take place in this different setting and an environment club could be set up.  It could be a break-time reward area.  Feeder primary schools could have regular nature sessions there and local conservation and gardening clubs could be involved with stocking and maintenance.

We do not support SPAM and we would never sell your information to anyone. Any correspondence is strictly confidential. We will only use the above information to contact you about your application.