Schools North East has partnered with the Community Foundation to make £100,000 of funding available for schools looking to develop their cultural, sporting or careers provision for disadvantaged and looked-after children. Funding of around £4,000 is available per bid for schools in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland, North and South Tyneside for projects that focus on the following priorities:
- Developing dedicated cultural and sporting enrichment opportunities for students
- Giving disadvantaged children access to cultural spaces and events, such as visits to museums, art galleries, places of local historical significance and sporting interests
- Developing high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and work placements and university visits for disadvantaged and looked after children.
The aim of the fund is to provide a broader enriched curriculum to support students in-school learning, raise levels of pride and appreciation of the region, and develop cultural capital within school settings.
Students will also be able to understand the opportunities and career pathways available to them in their post-school days and remove some of the cultural and societal stigmas that are often cited as barriers for disadvantaged children in terms of their participation in further education and training.
Project proposals will need to show some element of curriculum development, as well as a plan as to how the project will be sustainable in the future. This should, if possible, include match funding in-kind contribution.
Each successful school will need to provide an anonymised case study at the end of the project that explains the key details of their work, as well as an evaluation as to the impact achieved on the learning of their disadvantaged and looked-after students. This will be disseminated to other schools to assist them in developing strategies around similar issues.