Devon Education Fund

The Devon Education Fund (DEF) is financed through benefits received from the Joint Venture between Devon County Council and Babcock LDP. It aims to provide £50k on an annual basis to fund ambitious and innovative ideas that will benefit learners in Devon from 0-25 years of age. It opens up opportunities for schools, organisations and educational projects to generate new ideas and approaches to improve the lives of children and young people.The DEF is particularly interested in projects which focus on learning and achievement where children and young people are given opportunities to succeed and be heard, and where the workforce is skilled and well-motivated.

The Awards Panel is made up as follows:

  • Devon County Council - Head of Education and Learning
  • Headteachers - Primary, Secondary and Special
  • 1 Devon School Governor Representative
  • Babcock LDP - Director

Does your project demonstrate?

  • Educational innovation and excellence
  • Raising standards, improving quality, extending educational opportunities
  • Leadership development
  • Student-led initiatives
  • Promoting community based intergenerational projects
  • Large-scale collaborative events

Who can apply?

The DEF wants to hear from schools, organisations and educational projects that exploit innovation and show a real ambition to enable children and young people in Devon to thrive and flourish. Grants of up to £20,000 may be awarded.

Please read the full eligibility criteria and guidance and see Appendix A for examples of previous projects.

How to apply: (applications open from 19th April 2021)
1. Read the guidance and eligibility criteria carefully
2. Complete the application form. The next deadline for bids is midnight Friday 28th May 2021
3. Include all relevant information and make sure that we have all the information we need to assess your application
4. Submit your application to education.customercare@babcockinternational.com

Your bid will be considered by the Awards Panel at its meeting w/b 21st June 2021.

Applicants will be contacted shortly after this date to receive confirmation of the panel’s decision.

To discuss your project please email Anne.Woodley@babcockinternational.com

Joint DCC and Babcock LDP letter to schools/organisations about the Devon Education Fund

Dear colleague

DEVON EDUCATION FUND

The Devon Education Fund is an initiative which has been made possible through the Joint Venture between Devon County Council and Babcock LDP. It is financed through benefits received from the Joint Venture and it aims to provide £50k on an annual basis to fund ambitious and innovative ideas that will benefit learners in Devon from 0-25 years of age. The fund opens up opportunities for schools, organisations and educational projects to generate new ideas and approaches to improve the lives of children and young people. The Fund was not offered during 2020 as it was felt that schools, settings and organisations did not have the capacity to engage. Therefore, the funding available for 2021 is £100k.

The award panel is particularly interested in projects which focus on learning and achievement where children and young people are given opportunities to succeed and be heard, and where the workforce is skilled and well-motivated. This could include:

  • leadership development
  • extending educational opportunities
  • supporting and promoting children’s social development to recover from the effects of the pandemic
  • promoting community based intergenerational projects
  • large-scale collaborative events or high profile education conferences
  • innovative ideas to support the voice of the child being heard in school and wider, especially from those who are disadvantaged or have SEN.

The deadline for the next round of applications will be Friday 28th May 2021.

Further information about the DEF and application process can be found on both the Devon County Council and Babcock LDP websites.

We look forward to receiving applications and seeing how this fund will add value to education in Devon by supporting projects and schemes that benefit learners.

Yours sincerely

Dawn Stabb,  Head of Education & Learning, Devon County Council

Shirley Humphreys,  Director,  Babcock Education

Appendix A - Devon Education Fund

2016 - Science Festival

The aim of this project will be to aid the building of capacity to support STEM career understanding in secondary schools in conjunction with primary partner schools. In 2016 the target audience in the Secondary School will be Year 9 prior to GCSE choices being made and Year 6 in Primary. Delivery of 15 hands on careers workshops in 13 Devon Schools catering for up to 120 school students in each workshop where they will spend up to a day working in small teams. Where possible the events will be run in conjunction with school career events.

2017 - Mental health and Well-Being Zone

A student led project to create a permanent long-lasting resource that emphasises the priority that mental health and well-being is for everyone in our school and country. This project will result in areas being dedicated ‘well-being zones’. These zones will be places for students to spend time in comfortable well designed surroundings. They will feature professionally designed resources and permanent displays to inspire students to lead healthy lives and to encourage them to share well-being concerns. Additionally it is hoped that furnishings and games that promote positive relational qualities will add to the ‘well-being zones’ and make them special places.

2017 - Skills for Life!

Working with 6 Primary Schools in local area (in partnership with the South Dartmoor Academy) each school will hold an initial 1-day workshop called “Have you ever built a house in one day?” Where children get to assemble a mini timber framed house. The project’s aim is to bring practical skills into school and to clearly link them with the curriculum. It aims to bridge the gap between the knowledge and use of tangible materials and the curriculum and also to address the development of fine motor skills.

2018 - Amphitheatre Regeneration

Currently a very run down area not fit for purpose which we would like to regenerate into an amphitheatre on the school site which needs to be redesigned and reconstructed to facilitate use by 500+ pupils regularly as part of a very creative curriculum during the school day and as a valued and much needed resource for our community out of school hours e.g. afterschool clubs/holiday clubs, potentially creative arts production companies/shows. A space to facilitate an already very creative curriculum which is now at a point of review and further improvement to ensure children can reach the full potential of their learning in the creative arts, but also in other areas of learning which are positively impacted by development in personal and social and speech and language skills.

2019 - Movement Play – empowering vulnerable families to feel supported and nurtured

'Movement Play is a pioneering, integrative and holistic therapeutic arts-based approach. It combines sensory integration with attachment theory as a way to begin healing the effects of stress and trauma in children.

2019 - Theatre Performance: A Whole School Event for the Community

'The aim of this project is to provide our children with the opportunity to experience a rehearsed and professional theatre performance for the wider community. The project will enable children to have access to artistic spaces and processes that enhance commitment, self-confidence and social connection. It will also aim to build community connections and rapport with parents.

Criteria and Guidance - Devon Education Fund

Criteria and Guidance

  1. Criteria

The project must be related to:

  • Devon state-funded schools, educational projects and organisations
  • Learners from Devon from 0-25 years of age 
  1. Core Themes

The project should support at least one of the following core themes:

  • educational innovation and excellence 
  • raising standards, improving quality, extending educational opportunities
  • leadership development
  • student-led initiatives
  • promoting community based intergenerational projects
  • large-scale collaborative events 
  • supporting and promoting children’s social development to recover from the effects of the pandemic
  1. As well as outlining the projects and showing how it fits with the key criteria and themes, bids should:
  • show clear timescales, baseline position and intended outcomes (with measures);
  • show what additional resources (people or money) are available from partners to complement any resource received from the Fund;
  • indicate how funding will be sustained beyond the initial funding period;
  • be consistent with the best practice principles and DCC’s vision for children and young people;


Successful applicants will be asked to produce a short final report showing the success of the project.

A project presentation to the Awards Panel will be required for applications in excess of £10,000.

If an application is requesting additional funding for a project that has been funded previously, it must demonstrate evidence of development and continued sustainability.

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation
  • How the money was spent and impacts/outcomes of the project
  • Statements of accounts, and any remaining balances held
  • Successful applicants may also be asked to provide additional information for audit purposes.
  1. Restrictions

Funding received from the Devon Education Fund may NOT be used for:

  • construction projects e.g. playgrounds, building works, village halls and disabled accesses
  • IT hardware
  • requests for vehicles
  • general school appeals
  • running costs of organisations (including salaries)
  • core business for Devon County Council or schools


How we assess your application and make our decision

  1. Assessing your application
  • When we receive your application we will first check whether it is eligible or not.
  • We will assess all eligible applications using the information in your application form and any other information we ask you to submit.
  • We will consult with specialist staff to inform our assessment where necessary.
  • For applications in excess of £10,000, you will be asked to deliver a project presentation to the Awards Panel.

 
Applicants will be asked to address the following areas which will contribute to an overall assessment:

  • how the activity will contribute to educational innovation and excellence
  • how the activity will raise standards, improve quality or build capacity
  • how activity will be sustained and developed beyond, the life of the project
  • how the activity will be evaluated, and how learning will be shared more widely 

The Awards Panel will use their expertise and judgement to reach a score for each criteria.

The scores we use are as follows:

• Outstanding = 4
The application meets the criteria and shows outstanding qualities. The application has elements that can be identified as showing best practice, innovative ways of thinking, or displays exceptionally low risk to success.

• Strong = 3
The application meets the criteria and shows strong qualities. The application exceeds our basic expectations, is highly likely to succeed and there are elements identified as a particular strength.

• Meets criteria = 2
The application meets the criteria. The application meets expectations and is likely to succeed; there may be areas for improvement but these are not detrimental to success.

• Shows potential = 1
The application does not meet the criteria but shows potential to do so. The application has elements that can be identified as needing improvement and if remedied, the application could succeed at a future date.

• Criteria not met = 0
The application does not meet the criteria. The application is unlikely to succeed as it fails to meet the criteria and would require considerable improvement.
If your application is assessed as ‘Shows potential’ or ‘Criteria not met’ against any one of the assessment criteria, it is unlikely to be recommended for a grant. 

  1. How we make our decision

The Devon Education Fund has a limited budget in each financial year and DCC will manage this resource carefully to support successful applications.
We expect to receive more applications than we can fund, and therefore not all projects that successfully meet the criteria will be funded. We will consider how well applications have met the assessment criteria; the overview scores; and the range and spread of work.

  1. Appeals process

If you are unhappy with the Awards Panel’s decision and wish to appeal, this should be done by contacting Lyn.Shaddick@babcockinternational.com 
Please see Appendix A for examples of previous successful projects

Resources

Application Form

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