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Surrey Educational Trust funding

The Surrey Educational Trust has supported innovative and ambitious ideas that help children, young people and other learners in Surrey. It has helped schools, organisations and educational projects to use bright ideas and new ways of doing things in their work.

The trust focuses on:

  • Increasing children's, young people's and families' resilience, wellbeing and personal growth.
  • Reducing the gap in education, health and wellbeing outcomes for children experiencing social and economic deprivation compared with their peers.
  • Enabling children with complex individual needs to have the best life chances.
  • Promoting participation in and enjoyment of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  • Raising children's and young people's aspirations, extending opportunity to all.

The trust is funded by proceeds from a joint venture between Surrey County Council and Babcock4S.

Who can apply?

The trust wants to hear from schools, organisations and educational projects using innovation and ambition to improve the education sector. Grants of up to £25,000 can be awarded.

Interested in applying?

Please read:

The scheduled funding round is as follows:

  • Submission between: Monday 4 November 2019 - Friday 17 January 2020
  • Decision made by the trust: Wednesday 5 February 2020

To discuss your project please email

Recently funded projects

These have included:

  • Researching how to engage SEN pupils in learning, particularly by using interactive technologies and alternative, augmentative communication (AAC) - West Hill Teaching School and research for the SPAN group. £20,208.
  • The GASP motor project offering 36 weekly motor mechanics sessions across Pyrford and Kingsway Centres. It offers an alternative learning environment for at risk/marginalised young people, particularly those who are disaffected or underachieving and in danger of becoming not in employment, education of training (NEET) and those with special educational needs (SEN) – North West Surrey Short Stay School. £9,000.
  • An electronic weather station project. It is promoting science, technology, engineering and maths as well as a focus on the outdoors and healthy lifestyle. Wonersh and Shamley Green Church of England Infant School. £2,000.
  • Funding a Chair of Governors training course to the Chair (or prospective Chair) of a school at risk of becoming Category 3. Intended for schools unable to afford this training, possibly because of school size. Surrey Governors' Association. £7,000.
  • Improving a classroom area so that it provides more support for ethnic and minority language students and their parents in key skills such as ICT. Stanwell Fields C of E Primary School. £25,000.
  • Showing a play ('Chelsea's Choice') educating children on the danger of sexual exploitation, across Surrey schools. Local Safeguarding Children's Board. £25,000.
  • Running an animation week during which children get to animate a piece of their writing. Westfield Primary School. £3,000.
  • Developing a bespoke and innovative arts programme for ethnic and minority language students. Sandfield Primary School. £18,090.
  • Developing a SCERTS approach (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support) in Surrey autism practice, and sharing this expertise across a range of schools, the educational psychology service, therapy providers and specialist centres in Surrey. Linden Bridge School. £16,000.
  • Developing four seasonally-themed educational resource packages, focusing on maths and science learning at key stages 1-3 of the National Curriculum, as well as certain areas of art and design, design and technology, and geography, in partnership with the Prince's School of Traditional Arts. Ashley C of E Primary School. £24,000.