Through a one-off fund created in response to Covid-19, the Edge Foundation is awarding grants to the following education institutions and not for profit organisations;
- Baysgarth School £35,000 to support the development of a school curriculum linked to local employability skills framework and develop pupils into independent learners.
- Skills Builder Partnership £50,000 to support the development of an online platform to train teachers in embedding essential skills development into their teaching.
- Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership £24,250 to support the creation of a Virtual Work Experience programme to sit alongside traditional work experience opportunities.
- Warwickshire College Group £46,173 to support the development of the WCG Hub - a platform providing online and blending learning and teaching support.
The purpose of the fund is to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. The fund was open to applications from institutions and not-for-profit organisations working in the educational sector to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector to build back better.
Applications for funding were invited to support medium and long term projects addressing a post Covid-19 education scenario.
Applications needed to support at least one of Edge’s strategic priorities:
- A broad, flexible and engaging education
- High quality respected professional and vocational education
- Education connected to employers and the community
And address at least one of the following issues or challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis:
- How professional and vocational education, including apprenticeships, can be delivered and supported by online learning. This can include the development of online curriculum and resources; and/or how to deliver training in the use of online and remote learning for teaching professionals
- How to deliver mentoring and support for students and/or apprentices whether studying within educational institutions, in the workplace or remotely
- How to deliver and develop essential employability skills in young people when relationships with employers and the community may have been disrupted or otherwise affected by the Covid-19 crisis
- How education, including apprenticeships, could be delivered differently or better following the Covid-19 crisis.
Edge’s Head of Projects and Partnerships, Jane Samuels, commented:
“Congratulations to all the successful grant fund applicants. We are delighted to be able to offer funding from Edge to support these great initiatives. We are certain these projects will make a difference to the education of young people after such a challenging year.”