Secondary Major Award Application Form

Secondary Major Award Applications  


(Applications reopen from 4th March to 4th June 2024)


An excellent and straight forward process!

 - Katherine Warington School, December 2021 


Secondary Major Award 2024

Main Points

  • All Major Award applications may be submitted any time between 4th March and 4th June 2024 (12:00 pm).
  • This year, there will be one Major Award of £10,000.  This will be from any of our three focus areas (STEM, Physical Education and Learning to Learn). 
  • Schools may apply for one Major Award in each focus area (i.e. a maximum of one PE, one STEM and one Learning to Learn application per school). 
    • Minor Awards that are given to schools do not adversely affect the Major Award decision in any way.  However, linking a Minor and Major award is perfectly acceptable and can strengthen a bid.

PLEASE NOTE:  The old Effective Learning criteria has changed to Learning to Learn which focusses exclusively on teaching pupils revision/learning techniques and no longer includes equipment/environments to facilitate effective learning (which can be bid for under STEM or PE).  See our Focus Areas page for more details.

Application Notes

  • Part-Funding a larger project:  We do prefer the major award to completely fund a project but understand that schools have priorities that cost more than the award amount (£10,000 per award).   For this reason, we are happy to accept Major Award applications that contribute towards a larger project as long as our contribution is at least 50% of the total cost of the project.  There will be no negative effect on the grading of a part-funding application.
  • Itemised costings and supplier links: These should be included with the application.  They can be emailed to as a spreadsheet, quote, etc if preferred.
  • Help in applying:  We would advise you to read our “Selecting the Successful Bids” page when formulating your bid.  We are also happy to answer email enquiries ( but our reply will be considered by two judges to ensure we are not giving any unfair advantage to any school.
  • Missing Information:  After submission, EdufundUK reserve the right to contact applicants for missing essential information (e.g. costings, suppliers) if required.  We will not elicit information that would strengthen your bid (e.g. have you thought about X benefit of your project?).


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 (PE bid):

2a)  We want to replace worn-out multigym equipment and purchase new items which we don't currently have.  We have ample space in our existing fitness room for all the items. 


(This could be in e.g. a spreadsheet emailed separately to if preferred - just put a note to that effect in this form)

The items we would like are:

Item ex-VAT (£) LINK to Item
3x Life Fitness Activate Series Upright Bike 885 https://www.....
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**

** Confirmation (and source) of any additional required funding being in place and committed to the project must be included in the application for your project to be considered.

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, point out any particular groups that will benefit (with reasons) and give an indication how long the project will keep conferring benefits to cohorts of pupils.

Example (Learning to Learn bid):   A face-to-face Learning Week and On-going L2L online facility  

(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...  The techniques covered on the day include...   These techniques will be useful across a huge range of subjects and topics e.g....   They will also motivate pupils to learn because...  We are confident these techniques will enhance learning because... 

The outside instructor workshops will be an effective way to excite and engage the pupils about the techniques because... and a further opportunity for our teaching staff to... 

Finally, the online interactive accelerated learning program revises most of the workshop techniques and teaches additional strategies using...  Sessions can be incorporated into lessons and set for homework etc.  The two-year online subscription will be long enough to...  and, if successful, subsequent years would be funded by...

This project is particularly needed by our pupils because...    It will be particularly beneficial to...   because...

We will be able to monitor the success of these techniques in many ways including...  

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

Example:  A lathe and laser cutter (STEM bid)

A high quality, multi-material lathe and a laser cutter will allow new technology courses to run (e.g... ) and allow access to previously inaccessible modules in existing courses (e.g. ...).   Additionally, after-school... and [competiton] teams will...  External children will also benefit, for example...   We will also be able to manufacture components for...  which will help because...





By submitting this form, you do so on the understanding that if any of the above is missing, you will be asked to resubmit the application form again and you are also committing to the completion of all feedback forms when requested to do so.

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.