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What is the Edge Foundation?

The Edge Foundation is an independent education charity which via its research, policy and campaign work is shaping the future of education. Edge believes that high quality technical and professional education equips young people with the skills they need for today’s global, digital economy and provides the opportunity for all young people to reach their full potential.

What is Edge’s vision for education in the UK?

Edge campaigns for a coherent, unified and holistic education for young people bringing together ‘academic’ and ‘technical’ education, helping young people develop the soft skills which employers value and taking them on a clear journey from school to preparedness for work. From the age of 14, we believe every young person should have the opportunity to study technical and creative subjects, alongside an academic core, culminating at 19 in a broad baccalaureate recognising all of their achievements and taking them on to apprenticeships, Further or Higher Education or employment.

What does Edge campaign for?

Edge’s current campaign issues include the need for a broader and more balanced curriculum to replace the EBacc; the need for profound employer engagement in schools to make work in the classroom relevant to the world of work; removing the exam cliff edge at 16 focusing on ‘stage not age’; restoring opportunities for apprenticeships for 14 year olds; giving all young people the entitlement to quality careers information, advice and guidance including mandatory work experience.

What is Edge doing to make this happen?

The Edge Foundation works towards this goal by:

•    Commissioning and publishing research, helping to develop a richer evidence base
•    Supporting new kinds of institutions, like UTCs, Studio Schools and career colleges
•    Establishing and supporting innovation and best practice in projects around the country 
•    Working intensively in localities to embed and showcase excellent technical and professional education
•    Showing and sharing evidence and effective practice with practitioners and leading thinkers
•    Communicating the importance of technical and professional education.

How is Edge funded?

In May 2003 the examinations organisation, Edexcel, was sold to Pearson plc. The money went to a holding charity, the Edexcel Foundation. The trustees decided it should promote practical and vocational learning and in May 2004 it was officially renamed the Edge Foundation. As such, we are entirely independent.

Does Edge give out grants?

Edge has three grant funding rounds planned.  These will take place in the autumn of 2016, 2018 and 2020.  Funding rounds and funding criteria will be published on the website as the rounds open.

Outside of these advertised funding rounds, Edge does not fund unsolicited approaches.

How can I contact Edge?

Edge Foundation
4 Millbank

T: 020 7960 1540
F: 020 7960 1557

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For press enquiries, comment and/or spokespeople, email Jayne Phenton or call 020 7960 1546