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What is the Edge Foundation?

Edge is an independent education charity working to transform young people’s experience of learning so everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and thrive.

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

Edge wants all young people – regardless of background – to be able to enjoy a coherent, unified and holistic education which equips them with valuable subject knowledge and skills, for the workplace and for life.Edge believes that from age 14, all students should have the opportunity to study technical and creative subjects as part of a broad and balanced curriculum; focusing on ‘stage not age’; giving all young people the entitlement to quality careers information, advice and guidance; mandatory work experience; employer engagement opportunities making school work relevant to the work place.  It would culminate at 19 with a broad baccalaureate recognising all of a student’s achievements and taking them on to apprenticeships, further or higher education or employment.

What is Edge doing to make this happen?

Edge works towards this goal by:

•Commissioning and publishing research, helping to develop a rich evidence base

•Putting important lessons into practice via our Edge Future Learning initiative, working with schools, colleges and universities across the UK

•Supporting innovation and best practice in projects around the country via our Edge Grant Fund

•Initiating conversations with politicians and policy makers to press our case for an education system which prepares all young people for work, careers and life.

How is Edge funded?

In May 2003, the examinations organisation, Edexcel, was sold to Pearson plc and the money placed in a holding charity. In May 2004, it was officially named the Edge Foundation with the purpose of promoting the value of practical and vocational learning. Our endowment gives us the financial freedom to have an entirely independent voice.

Does Edge give grants and funding?

The Edge Grant Fund awards grants to innovative projects which support Edge’s strategic priorities. Awards were made in 2016 and 2018; the next round will be 2020. Outside of these advertised funding rounds, Edge does not fund unsolicited approaches.

What is Edge Future Learning?

The Edge Foundation conducts ground-breaking research on the future of education, but we also want to put this into practice, showing how some of the approaches from leading educational institutions and projects around the world can help to transform learning. 

Edge Future Learning is the home of our delivery work with schools, colleges and universities to put these important lessons into practice.

How can I contact Edge?

Edge Foundation
44 Whitfield Street, 

T: 020 7960 1540

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