Our third annual Development and Innovation Workshop served to emphasise the growing demand from Whole Education schools and partners for collaborative work on innovative projects. We are now using our collective weight to access joint funding streams and buck the national trend towards an ever-narrowing offer for our young people.
One year ago, the Whole Education team and our Partner Organisations presented 8 potential projects to interested schools. This year, we began by sharing 10 already-funded projects, while exploring 6 further bids in the developmental stage. Among the funded projects, we had a lively discussion about our whole-school numeracy trial, funded alongside our partner National Numeracy by The Mercers’ Company and The Rayne Foundation, in which 25 of our secondary schools have received match funding to support cross-curricular development of numeracy policies and practices that have a real and sustainable impact on the consistency of numeracy teaching.
Our latest funded project supporting student leadership also proved popular: the Whole Education Student Network is set to be a major focus over the next two years, as funding from the Pears Foundation and Cabinet Office, in collaboration with our partners Learn to Lead, UFA and Makewaves, will support our students to share their ideas on social action and school improvement directly, with match funding to enable students in 15 of our schools to receive training and support to develop action groups across their schools.
Later, we explored six key areas in more depth, sharing already established projects and generating new ideas. Deeper discussion centred around oracy, student leadership, maths & numeracy, literacy and future developments in the Whole Education offer around curriculum support, in addition to an expert input from Place2Be on the link between teacher and student wellbeing.
For more information on Whole Education funded projects and our Development and Innovation Hub, please visit our website.