Schools face constant financial and budgetary pressures, meaning money is often tight.

That’s why we’ve rounded up a selection of the funding opportunities available to schools, alongside funding news and freebies schools can take advantage of.

Want to find what you’re looking for quickly? Here’s a breakdown of what’s in our article this month:

  • In the news – find out what’s been going on in education funding news this month
  • Don’t miss out: upcoming deadlines – make sure you don’t miss out on any upcoming application deadlines by looking at this section
  • Get funded: funding opportunities and grants – explore our selection of funding opportunities to find what suits your needs
  • The best of the freebies – take a look at the best of the freebies currently available to schools

Do you want to share your school’s funding stories? Get in touch with us and you could be included in next month’s Funding Favourites article!


In the news


Government-funded programme helps thousands more pupils get nutritious breakfasts


Thanks to the £26 million National School Breakfast Programme, delivered by Family Action in partnership with Magic Breakfast, thousands more pupils across the country have access to a healthy and nutritious start to the day at a new or improved school breakfast club.

Figures published by Family Action stated that 15,000 breakfasts are already being served to children every day and 500 new or improved breakfast clubs have signed up to the government’s programme.

This programme focusses on the most disadvantaged parts of the country, including the government’s 12 Opportunity Areas – which are receiving a share of £72 million to help raise education standards in areas where children face greater challenges.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) found that breakfast clubs offering primary school pupils a free and nutritious meal before school can boost their reading, writing and maths results.

The government is now working with the charities to encourage more schools and organisations to provide breakfast, as part of a wider drive to help children lead healthier lives and support disadvantaged families.

Family Action and Magic Breakfast are working with the government to ask schools to collaborate and share best practice, with an aim to encourage children to attend these clubs – this includes £2 million for projects to encourage children to eat a healthy breakfast and improve the way that schools share best practice.


The next phase of the college improvement fund launched


On 6 November 2018, the government launched the second round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF), which aims to drive improvements across further education through a multi-million-pound investment.

With the introduction of new, gold standard T-levels from 2020 and by supporting the creation of more high-quality apprenticeships, the government aims to transform technical education. The SCIF was launched in June 2018 after calls for a peer-to-peer support programme where stronger colleges help weaker ones to improve. Following a successful pilot, the £15 million SCIF is playing a vital role in helping colleges share best practice and expertise, and to boost standards so that more people can access high-quality education and training. Find a list of successful applicants by clicking here.


Funding for T-levels  


Teachers and school staff across the country are going to benefit from the new £8 million professional development offer, which is being developed by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). The initiative aims to help staff prepare for the roll-out of the new T-levels.

By offering staff the opportunity to participate in the new T Level Professional Development Programme, the government aims to help them develop their skills and knowledge, ensuring that they are ready for the T-level roll-out.

The Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Anne Milton, said: “This new programme will help teachers to build on their skills and gain the additional knowledge they need to make new T-levels a success as soon as the starting pistol is fired.”

Further to this, the DfE launched a consultation on how T-levels should be funded, which closes at 11.45pm on Tuesday 19 February – have your say here.


Technology experts are to provide a National Centre for Computing Education


Earlier this month, it was announced that pupils across the country would benefit from the UK’s first ever National Centre for Computing Education, which is to be led by British experts. STEM Learning, the British Computing Society and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have been chosen as the providers for the project, which is backed by an £84 million government investment.

It is planned that the centre will work with the University of Cambridge, with Google also supporting the project with a further £1 million. Later this year, the centre will start working with schools across England to improve teaching and drive up participation in computer science at GCSE and A-level.

The centre’s website has now been opened and is expected to grow in resources in the coming months.


Children’s early communication skills to be supported by nearly £18 million in investment


On 14 November this year, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that disadvantaged families will be benefitting from extra support to nurture children’s early development at home.

The projects will include funding for training for health visitors who work with families of young children to identify speech, language and communication needs at an early stage, which should help to address and support concerns to ensure they have the most impact.

Additionally, projects will also fund:

  • Educational games.
  • Apps and text messaging ‘tips’ for parents and carers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mr Hinds held a summit comprising nearly 100 businesses, charities and public sector organisations, with the aim of tackling the ‘last taboo’ in education – supporting parents with learning at home. Research about the importance of home environment is clear on the impact on a child’s early learning. At the summit, Mr Hinds said “a strong home learning environment is about more than supporting literacy and communication skills – it is the key to building a child’s confidence, their belief in their own abilities, and their determination and strength of character”.

The National Literacy Trust, National Children’s Bureau and Scouts are among the organisations that will get a share of the funding to boost parents’ confidence with home learning. Additionally, the DfE has confirmed that a £20 million programme of training for early years staff in disadvantaged areas will support children’s early language, literacy and numeracy skills, benefitting up to 60,000 pre-school age children.

A £6.5 million grant for projects focussed on closing the disadvantage gap at age five and improving the early years education for children with SEND was among the successful projects that were announced by Mr Hinds.


Don’t miss out: upcoming deadlines


Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund


The Teacher Development Fund aims to support the delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in primary schools – it does this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

Each year, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation expects to make around five grants of up to £150,000 to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and up to 10 schools – they will work together for two academic years.

Applications are now open for projects beginning in September 2019. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 5 December 2018 – find out more here.


Grow Wild Spaces Community Grants


Grow Wild aims to transform communal spaces by growing UK-native plants – they have announced they are awarding grants of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups, including secondary schools, across the UK to deliver projects in their community focussed on UK-native wildflowers, plants and fungi.

The grants will fund projects from creative events and art work to establishing wild flower areas. Applications close on Monday 10 December 2018 – find out more and apply here.


Future Ready Fund


A new £250,000 fund has been launched to support high-potential, early-stage interventions to test and further develop interventions that promote wider skills in secondary-age young people, focussing on their social and emotional skills and resilience. Between five and seven projects will be funded, and non-financial support for evaluation is also on offer.

Projects should focus on developing at least one of the following skills:

  • Emotional intelligence, particularly how to build good relationships and collaborate effectively.
  • Social and emotional competence, particularly in relation to collaboration.
  • Resilience and coping.
  • Perceptions of self (self-confidence and self-efficacy).
  • Motivation, goal orientation and perseverance.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 10 December 2018. Awards will be made in March 2019 and will run for 18 months. Find out more and express your interest here.


Grow On, Film It competition


Do your pupils know about the Grown On, Film It competition?

Energy company, Bulb, and Trees for Cities are launching a competition for schools to show the effects food growing has on pupils and staff. Projects can range from growing herbs to writing stories about gardens – the idea is to be imaginative.

Prizes include a £200 gardening voucher for first place, £100 gardening voucher for second place and a £50 gardening voucher for third place.

The submission deadline is Monday 24 December 2018 – find out more, including how to apply, here.


WW1 centenary grants


To help communities mark the centenary of the First World War, schools can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s new £6 million small grants programme – the money should be used to develop projects that improve pupils’ understanding of WW1.

The programme will award £1 million per year for six years. Applications can be submitted at any time until 18 January 2019 – find out more here.


Get funded: funding opportunities and grants


Deals for schools


The DfE has published a webpage providing information on the national deals available to schools to help you save money on the things you buy regularly, such as ICT services, photocopiers and insurance.

New deals are frequently added to the page, so make sure you visit it regularly!


Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) funding


Schools and ITT providers who are offering training places in biology, chemistry, computing, D&T, geography, languages, maths and physics can request SKE funding to support their recruitment.

Read the funding manual from the DfE and NCTL to find out if your school is eligible and to learn more about the funding you would receive. From here, you can also access a form to add your SKE course to the DfE’s course directory and a funding request form.


Get reimbursed for the Golden Hello scheme


The Golden Hello is a financial incentive for teachers of priority subjects in a secondary maintained school, a maintained or non-maintained special school or a secondary academy – this scheme is now closed to all trainees starting their ITT in, or after, the 2011/2012 academic year. Trainees who started their ITT course before 1 August 2011 can still receive the incentive. LAs and academies with eligible trainees can claim reimbursement for the scheme.

Find out how to claim reimbursement here.


Fund to connect UK schools with classrooms around the world


The Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning Programme is being co-funded by the British Council, who will contribute £17 million, and the Department for International Development (DFID), who will contribute £21 million. It is designed to build long-term partnerships between schools and communities in the UK and countries around the world.

One aspect of the programme will be to train 60,000 teachers and school leaders in the UK and developing countries to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a global economy

Schools with pupils aged between 7 and 14 can sign up to the programme by visiting the British Council’s website or by emailing


Sport England Small Grants Programme


Schools can apply for grants between £300 to £10,000 through the Sport England Small Grants Programme. The purpose of the grant is to enable not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport, or to support talent development.

Priority is given to projects that increase the number of adults participating in moderate intensity sports and projects seeking to reduce the drop off rates for 16 to 19-year-olds.

Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 10 weeks. Find out more here.


Royal Society of Chemistry teacher training scholarships


The Royal Society of Chemistry, in partnership with the DfE, is awarding £28,000 of tax-free funding to 130 individuals entering chemistry teacher training in England in the 2019/2020 academic year.

The society runs a rolling application process; however, the deadline for applications for 2019/2020 is Sunday 28 July 2019. The society advises you make your application as early as possible as the number of scholarships is limited.

Find out more and apply here.



Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund


The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Outreach Fund provides support to members, individuals and organisations to enable them to run chemistry-based public and school engagement activities.

The fund is split into two categories – small grants of up to £2,000 and large grants of between £2,000 and £10,000. Applications for the small grants scheme will close on Monday 14 January 2019. The society is not currently taking applications for the large grant scheme – this will reopen in January 2019.

There are certain eligibility criteria that must be met for applications to be successful – find out more about the criteria and apply here.


UK-German Connection – Partnership Visit Fund


Teachers of primary and secondary schools can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for a visit that revives an existing partnership with a school in Germany or that develops a new partnership.

To be eligible, the visits should last no longer than a week and be focussed on planning future activities between pupils which should take place within the year.

The grants provided can support costs such as travel, accommodation and project resources – the school must contribute at least 25 percent of the overall eligible costs.

You can apply for this fund at any time. Find out more information and download an application form here.


The Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme


Funding from the Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme can be used for a variety of activities including school science weeks, scientific visits and purchasing science equipment.

The scheme is a non-competitive grant scheme – funding is set aside so that there is enough for every school and maintained nursery in select areas to get the full amount.

Find out if your area is eligible, the different grants you can apply for and make an application here.


Institute of Physics (IOP) – IET and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) school grant scheme


UK schools and colleges can apply for a grant of up to £600 from the IOP. Grants are available for projects, events and activities linked with the promotion of physics and engineering.

Grants may be used for project-related purposes, for example, materials and resources, transport, marketing and publicity, supply cover (in certain circumstances), and any other purposes deemed appropriate by the judges.

The closing date for projects taking place in the Summer 2020 term is Friday 1 February 2019 – you can find out more information and apply here.


Get involved in the maths Teaching for Mastery programme


The Teaching for Mastery programme is a government scheme that aims to empower and equip teachers to improve pupils’ understanding and attainment in maths.

By joining the programme, you can get:

  • Leadership and teacher training in the mastery approach to teaching maths.
  • Subject knowledge training.
  • Classroom resources.
  • Professional development sessions.

The programme is open to all state-funded schools and colleges in England and funding is available to support participation. You should find your nearest maths hub and contact them directly for further information about what events they hold and how to apply.

Find out more here.


Funding for projects encouraging interest in art, crafts, architecture, literacy and STEM


The Ernest Cook Trust is offering grants of up to £12,000 to schools and non-profit organisations for projects that encourage young people’s interest in arts, crafts, architecture, literacy and STEM subjects.

There are two programmes:

  • The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which require a small amount of funding for their projects to take place.
  • The large grants programme (up to £12,000) is aimed at larger-scale education programmes.

There is no specific application deadline for the small grants programme; however, due to the high demand for the small grants programme, the Trust recommends you apply at least six months ahead of the date your project is due to start.

The next deadline for applications to the large grants programme is Thursday 31 January 2019 – find out more here.


Grants to promote teaching of Roman and Latin studies


The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies offers grants to schools to help promote the teaching of Latin and Roman studies – grants usually range from £50 to £500. Most of the grants are awarded for the purchase of textbooks or other resources, but awards can also be made to schools organising lectures for study days on Roman themes.

If you want to apply, you should send an application to the Secretary, Roman Society, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU – the application should arrive by 1 February, July or November in any year.

Find out more information here.


Funding to develop classics education


Classics for All, an organisation which aims to develop the teaching of classics in UK schools, has opened its 2018 grants programme.

Previous grants awarded to schools have ranged from £100 to £15,000, with the aim of supporting the development or introduction of Classics in schools.

Applications for the grant can be submitted at any time – read the guidelines before submitting an application here


Grants to fund innovative geography teaching in secondary schools


Two grants of £1,000 each are available from the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) to fund innovative geography teaching to secondary school pupils. The grants aim to enable imaginative, innovative or creative teaching materials to be developed.

Grants are awarded annually to teacher-higher education partnerships.  

Find out more information here – applications close on Friday 15 February 2019.


Mandarin Excellence Programme expression of interest


While applications do not open until 2019, schools are now able to register their interest in joining the Mandarin Excellence Programme, which aims to have at least 5,000 young people speak fluent Mandarin by 2020.

To be eligible, schools should:

  • Have an Ofsted rating of ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’.
  • Be committed to developing a strong curriculum presence of Mandarin.
  • Ensure pupils study Mandarin for an average of eight hours per week, with a minimum of four being made of face-to-face teaching time.

Expression of interest forms can be downloaded from here, and once completed, should be emailed to


Nuffield Research Placements


Young people can apply to take part in a Nuffield Research Placement in their Summer holiday after Year 12 (or equivalent). Successful applicants will work on a project that relates to an area of science, quantitative social science, computing, technology, engineering or maths.

There are strict eligibility criteria, so pupils should make sure they are eligible before applying.

Pupils themselves have to make an application; however, you can get involved by making sure your pupils know about the placements!

Look at the application deadline for your area here and find out more information here.


The EEF – funding to raise outcomes of pupils with SEND


The EEF has launched a new funding round for pilot projects that raise the educational outcomes for pupils with SEND. Eligible projects should aim to work with pupils between the ages of 3 and 18.

Applications are being accepted from organisations working in schools and other educational settings, e.g. FE colleges, mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools, early years setting and MATs.

The closing date for applications is Monday 14 January 2018 – find out more here.


The Wolfson Foundation – Secondary Education Programme


The Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education Programme is primarily dedicated to supporting the teaching of A-levels and GCSEs at high-achieving state-funded schools and sixth-form colleges through the funding of capital projects.

The Foundation currently allocates approximately £1.75 million each year to:

  • New builds, refurbishment or equipment projects related to the teaching of science and technology.
  • Information or communications technology directly related to learning for projects involving libraries, languages, music or the arts.

Grants do not usually exceed £50,000 for secondary schools and £100,000 for sixth-form colleges. Before you submit an application, make sure you have read the information here.

The next deadline for stage 1 applications to the programme is Thursday 10 January 2019.


Garfield Weston Foundation


The Garfield Weston Foundation awards grants to educational projects: regular grants for applications below £100,000 and major grants for applications of £100,000 or more.

Applications can be submitted at any time – more information can be found here.


Funding for equipment for disadvantaged young people and young people with disabilities


Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby – schools and not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding through the society’s capital grants programme.

Funding is available for things such as buildings and extensions, sensory rooms and soft playrooms.

You can make an application at any time – contact your regional volunteer group to do this. Find out more and apply here.


Grants for sensory equipment for pupils with SEND


Special schools can apply for grants of up to £5,000 from the Lord’s Taverners charity to help them purchase a range of sensory equipment to help enhance their pupils’ experience at school.

To be eligible, your school needs to cater for pupils under 19 who have a physical, sensory or learning disability – mainstream schools are unable to apply.

Applications can be made at any time – find out more here.


Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme 


State-funded schools, as well as dedicated schools that want to improve their libraries or who don’t have a library, can apply for grants through the Foyle Foundation’s Schools Library Programme.

You can apply for grants between £1,000 and £10,000. On average, grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are made.

Preference is given to schools who can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future.

You can make an application at any time – find out more here.


Funding for community music groups and schools 


The charity Music for All offers funding for community groups, schools and other individuals to support community music-making projects that offer experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Projects that are supported will be taking place in the UK and aim to bring music to your community – the funding should be used to fulfil your project’s potential to become a sustainable music programme.

There are three application periods throughout the year – the next deadline is Friday 1 February 2019.

Find out more and apply here.


Funds for schools to purchase musical equipment


Schools, teachers and people in full time education who want to buy musical equipment and instruments can apply to the EMI Music Sound Foundation’s Instrument and/or Equipment Awards for funding of up to £1,500.

Funding will only be given for music education that is beyond statutory national curriculum music teaching – schools are not eligible for financial assistance under this scheme if they have already purchased their instruments or if they do so before their application has been approved.

The foundation also funds courses and training for music teachers who work in schools.

Find out more about the opportunities on offer, including how to apply for the funding, by clicking here.

The closing date for applications is Friday 8 February 2019.


BlueSpark Foundation grant


You can apply for grants from the BlueSpark Foundation to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. A lot of grants offered will be under £2,000, some will be £5,000 and under, and only a few will be over £10,000.

The funding can be used for physical assets (e.g. iPads and sports equipment), for services or facilities (e.g. coaching), or for the provision of experiences (e.g. theatre visits).

Applications can be made at any time via the foundation’s standard application form.


The Youth Hostel Association’s (YHA) educational support programme


The YHA’s educational support programme offers support to educational groups where members of the group are eligible for pupil premium or where they face additional social challenges – they are particularly interested in supporting groups that have never been on a residential trip.

The YHA can only provide schools and groups with one break per year. You can apply for support for up to 10 individual pupils (between the ages of 8 and 18), for up to 50 percent of the programme costs.

When applying, you should explain why your trip would make a significant difference to the group of children.

More details about the available trips, the application windows and how to apply can be found here.


Field Studies Council (FSC) Kids Fund


FSC is an independent charity that provides environmental courses to young people to raise awareness of the natural world.

Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 80 percent of the course fee for groups of disadvantaged young people to attend a non-curriculum day or residential course at an FSC Learning Location.

The next closing date for applications is Friday 1 March 2018 – you may apply at any time and your application will be held until the next decision round.

You can find more information and the application form here.


Funding for accessible minibuses


The UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, Lord’s Taverners, has re-opened its accessible minibuses grants programme.

Schools that cater for pupils with physical, sensory and learning disabilities can apply to the charity for specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses.

Applications can be submitted at any time and are reviewed at the end of each quarter – find out more information and make an application here.


The Big Lottery Fund relaunches their Reaching Communities programme


The Reaching Communities programme makes grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with ideas that enable communities to thrive. Applications can be made at any time on the Big Lottery Fund website – where you’ll also find more information about what kind of applications are being sought.


Funding for breakfast clubs


The National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) is being delivered by Family Action and Magic Breakfast to schools in disadvantaged areas of England.

A “magic” breakfast is designed to give children energy, protein, vitamins and minerals, and is compliant with the School Food Standards. Funding is available to start or improve breakfast provision in over 1,770 schools on a first come, first served basis.

The most eligible schools will be offered a grant of up to £500 for essential resources, such as fridges, free food delivered to the door and expert support from a dedicated member of NSBP staff.

Applications can be made at any time.

Find out more information and make an application here.


Greggs Foundation breakfast club grants


Schools where at least 40 percent of their pupils are eligible for FSM are able to apply for the Greggs Foundation breakfast club scheme.

Your school should demonstrate a commitment to engaging parents or other volunteers and must offer the breakfast club for free.

Successful schools are provided with fresh bread from their nearest Greggs shop and a grant to support start-up and ongoing costs.

Applications can be made at any time; however, there is currently a waiting list. You can find out more information and make an application here.


Kellogg’s breakfast club grants programme


Kellogg’s has grants of up to £1,000 available to help schools provide breakfast to children who need it the most – the fund is being administered by Forever Manchester.

Schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can apply – priority will be given to schools that have 40 percent and above of pupils eligible for pupil premium. Applications can be made at any time; however, the fund may close if it becomes oversubscribed.


WHSmith Community Grant


Schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith trust – the funding supports good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates, with particular emphasis on reading and writing projects.

Each year there are two application rounds – the next application deadline is Sunday 31 March 2019.

Find out more information and make an application here.


City and Diocese of London Voluntary Schools Fund


Administered by the London Diocesan Board for Schools, this grant gives small grants to pupils of Church of England schools within the Diocese of London.

Read the ‘Grant Making Policies’, ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and ‘Tips for completing the grant application form’ before considering applying – all available here. The next closing date for this grant is Thursday 28 February 2019.


Grants for School Expeditions and Fieldwork


Secondary schools across the UK and Ireland who are planning expeditions and fieldwork, can apply for grants of between £200-£600, which will go towards the costs of the trips. Projects that have a strong element of geography and take place in the UK or Ireland will be given preference.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18 January 2019. Click here for more information.


Schools in Partnership Fund


In an aim to alleviate some of the anticipated difficulties regarding budgets in schools, the John Lyon’s Charity has developed the Schools in Partnership Fund, which all state schools in the charity’s ‘beneficial area’ are eligible for. The funding is designed to help the most disadvantaged young people, e.g. by funding learning mentors.

Applications should be submitted by groups of schools and there should preferably be a partnership with a local voluntary organisation. Successful applications include those who aim to support the most challenged pupils, those that help strengthen links with home-life, and coordinate the support of other available professionals.

The maximum grant award is £50,000 – grants are generally awarded at between £25,000 and £50,000.

Click here to read more about the minimum requirements to be eligible for the grant. The grant operates on a two-stage application process – the first stage is a proposal letter. If proposal letters are accepted, your school will be invited to stage two of the process.


Cashpoint Loud and Proud Grants


Ensure pupils are informed about the vInspired Cashpoint grant, which aims to get pupils to run an LGBTQ+ project. The projects must be new, deliver community benefit and have at least two unpaid volunteers aged 14-30 taking part – grants of up to £500 will be given to successful projects.

People aged between 14-25 are eligible to apply – they should apply themselves, as opposed to the school applying on their behalf.

Get pupils to complete this application form and, if they are successful, they will be contacted to talk in more detail about the project.

There is no set deadline for this grant – individuals should apply as soon as they are ready.


£115, 000 Waste Prevention Fund


The Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a grant of up to £25,000, if they work across the whole LA, for projects that will reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. Projects should also demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Applications operate as a two-stage process – the deadline for submitting stage one applications is Friday 4 January 2019. Successful projects will receive the funding in April 2019, with 12 months to deliver their schemes.

Find out more and how to apply by clicking here.


The best of the freebies


National supply teacher agency database


Schools have access to a national list of recommended suppliers to use when recruiting supply teachers and other temporary staff – the national database has been developed by the DfE and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).

All participating agencies guarantee to schools that they have completed all necessary checks on their workers, have the relevant accreditation in place, will be transparent about the rates and mark-up they charge and will give schools the chance to avoid paying fees if they choose to employ someone full time.

The database will also provide schools with a list of ‘managed service providers’ who can take on their temporary staff needs if they choose – this may be a preferred choice for larger schools as it can help save money.

Schools that are unhappy with a supply teacher or agency worker’s work, or suspect a breach in their agreed terms, can contact the CCS at


Young Money


Young Money has produced a financial education textbook, funded by a pledge from Martin Lewis OBE, founder of – the book is curriculum mapped and is being designed for cross-curricular integration. A teacher’s guide is also being developed, which will outline how the financial topics can be used within different subject areas.

The textbook will be sent to all maintained secondary schools for use during the 2018/2019 academic year – you can find out more information here.


Betty for schools


The betty for schools programme aims to create a generation of girls and boys aged 8 to 12 who are truly comfortable to talk about periods. To achieve this aim, the programme provides free PSHE Association accredited resources – they are film-led and also include animations, quizzes and interactive activities.

Find out more here.


B&Q community re-use scheme


B&Q’s community re-use scheme is open to schools, other educational institutions and community groups. B&Q will donate unsellable products and materials for the benefit of the local community. Items that are donated should be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they aren’t used.

Contact the duty manager of your local B&Q if you want to find out more information about the scheme in your area – general information can be found here.


BBC School Report


BBC School Report is a journalism project for 11 to 18-year-olds – it enables pupils to make their own news which can be uploaded to your website and added to the BBC’s interactive map, making your news accessible to the worldwide BBC audience.

There are lesson plans available to support teachers in the project.

Find out how to get involved here.


Superbugs: Join the fight 


The National Schools Partnership has teamed up with Pfizer to produce a set of resources for PSHE and science teachers to help them deliver lessons on personal hygiene.

The resources include a teacher guide, lesson plans, activity sheets, presentations, leaflets and posters.

Find out more information here.


YoungMinds 360° Schools’ Community


The YoungMinds 360° Schools’ Community contains free tips, advice and resources on mental health and wellbeing in schools.

If you sign up, you’ll receive e-newsletters, blogs, teaching resources, case studies and the opportunity to share and listen to examples of good practice with regards to mental health provision in schools. Find out more here.


Dogs Trust


The Dogs Trust delivers free workshops supporting a range of curriculum subjects to both primary and secondary schools.

The workshops aim to develop communication and cooperation, build confidence and self-esteem, and encourage responsibility and respect. Find out more and book your free workshop here.


Teacher subject specialism training


The DfE and NCTL offer free teacher subject specialism training in England, which is available in secondary maths, core maths physics and modern foreign languages. The purpose of the free training is to improve the subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers and returning teachers to increase the number of hours taught in these subjects.

To check eligibility and apply for the training, click here.




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DfE (2018) ‘Subject knowledge enhancements: an introduction’ <> [Accessed: 30 November]

DfE (2018) ‘T Level Funding Consultation Launched’  <> [Accessed: 29 November 2018]

DfE (2018) ‘Teachers to benefit from £8 million initiative to boost skills ahead of T Levels roll-out’ <> [Accessed: 29 November 2018]

DfE (2018) ‘Tech experts to provide National Centre for Computing education’  <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

DfE (2018) ‘Thousands more school children receiving a nutritious breakfast’

<> [Accessed: 29 November 2018] 

DfE and NCTL (2018) ‘Golden Hello eligibility criteria and guidance for academies’ <>  [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

DfE and NCTL (2018) ‘Teacher subject specialism training (TSST) courses’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

DFID and British Council (2018) ‘UK aid to connect UK schools with classrooms around the world’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

Dogs Trust (2018) ‘About our workshops’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Edina Trust (2018) ‘Science Grant Scheme’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

Ernest Cook Trust (2017) ‘Grants – How to apply’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Forever Manchester (2017) ‘Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

FSC (2013) ‘Applying to FSC Kids Fund’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Garfield Weston Foundation (2017) ‘Grant Guidelines’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Greggs Foundation (2017) ‘How to Apply’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Grow Wild (2018) ‘Applications open for Grow Wild Community Projects 2019’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

Institute of Education (2017) ‘Join the Mandarin Excellence Programme’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Institute of Physics (2018) ‘Institute of Physics, IET and STFC School Grants Scheme’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

John Lyon’s Charity (2018) ‘Schools in Partnership Fund’ <> [Accessed: 3 December 2018]

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Equipment Grants for Disabled and Disadvantaged Young People (UK)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme (UK)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Funding for School Capital Projects – 10th January 2019 (UK)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Funding for School Capital Projects – 10th January 2019 (UK)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Funding to Develop the Classics in Primary and Secondary Schools (UK)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

 Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Funding to Raise the Educational Outcomes of SEND Pupils – 14th January 2019 (England)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]   

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Grant to Mark the Centenary of WW1 – January 2019 (UK)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2019] 

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Grants of £1,000 Available to Fund Innovative Geography Teaching at Secondary Level – 15th February 2019 (UK)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Lord Taverners Accessible Minibuses Grant Programme (UK)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Lord Taverners Accessible Minibuses Grant Programme (UK)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Sport England Small Grants Programme (England)’ <> [Accessed: 3 December 2018]

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘Support for Schools to Set up Breakfast Clubs (UK)’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (2018) ‘£115,000 Waste Prevention Fund for Merseyside and Halton Community Groups – Friday 4th January 2018’ <> [Accessed: 3 December 2018] 

Music for All (2015) ‘Apply for Funding’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

National Schools Partnership (2018) ‘Superbugs: Join the fight’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Nesta (2018) ‘Future Ready Fund’ <> [Accessed: 3 December 2018]

Nuffield Foundation (2014) ‘Student applications’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation (2018) ‘Teacher Development Fund’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

REGrants (2018) ‘The Jerusalem Trust’s Small Grants to Schools Scheme’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Royal Geographical Society (n.d) ‘Frederick Soddy Schools Award’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

Royal Society of Chemistry (2015) ‘Teacher training scholarships’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

Royal Society of Chemistry (2017) ‘Outreach Fund’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

School Funding Service (2018) ‘Big Lottery Fund: Reaching Communities Relaunched’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

School Funding Service (2018) ‘vInspired: Cashpoint Loud and Proud Grants’ <> [Accessed: 3 December 2018]

Sobus (2018) ‘Grants for School Expeditions and Fieldwork (UK)’  <> [Accessed: 3 December 2018]

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (2011) ‘Funding for Schools’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

Sport England (2018) ‘Small Grants’ <> [Accessed: 3 December 2018]

Trees for Cities (2018) ‘Grow On, Film It’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

UK-German Connection (2015) ‘Partnership Visit Fund’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

Universal Music UK sound foundation (n.d) ‘Awards’ <> [Accessed: 3 December 2018]

WHSmith (2016) ‘WHSmith Trust Community Grants Application’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]

YHA (2017) ‘Educational Support Programme’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

Young Money (2017) ‘Your Money Matters – Financial Education Textbook’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018] 

YoungMinds (2017) ‘Join Our 360° Schools’ Community’ <> [Accessed: 30 November 2018]