At John Lyon’s Charity we have given much thought to how we might best respond to alleviate some of the anticipated difficulties that the current economic climate and reduced education budgets might bring.
To ensure that the Charity’s resources are expended directly for the benefit of the most disadvantaged young people, we consider that funds are best managed through schools, exploiting the crucial link between schools, home-life and community. Schools are uniquely placed to understand the dynamic between a young person’s home-life and how support should be deployed there. It is, therefore, most appropriate that schools organise this additional support, whether from school-based staff like Learning Mentors or from Children’s Trust-centred staff, such as social workers and health care professionals.
The Charity encourages schools to work together in groups and cluster arrangements, maximising limited resources to impact on a larger number of children and share learning and best practice.
All state schools within the Charity’s Beneficial Area are eligible to apply to the Schools in Partnership Fund. Applications should be submitted by groups of schools (of two or more). Preferably there should be a partnership with a local voluntary organisation (where appropriate). Applications can be made for programmes that aim to support your most challenged pupils, those that help strengthen links with home-life and coordinate the support of other available professionals.
Typically, applications centre on a key worker, based at the “lead school”, who is responsible for the application and reporting process to John Lyon’s Charity as well as for managing the project. Key workers could also move between schools throughout the week, in the case of a therapist for example.
Since the Schools in Partnership Fund was launched in 2010, the majority of applications that we have received have been from schools keen to support the emotional health and wellbeing of their pupils. This reflects both the increasing needs of pupils and their families but also where schools have had their funding cut and the hard choices they are having to make.
The maximum grant award under the Schools in Partnership Fund is £50,000 and generally grants are awarded between £25,000 and £50,000. Funding is available for a maximum of three years. After the initial start-up period funded by John Lyon’s Charity, it is expected that the projects will be moving towards self-financing, having justified their continuation through their success. Details of how projects will seek to be self-financing will be an important part of applications submitted.
Applications are considered by the Trustee three times a year in March, June and November. For projects due to start in September, it is sometimes useful to apply to the March Trustee meeting in order to allow enough time for planning, however the June meeting would also be possible. You should remember that the application process takes at least six months to complete, so you should contact us in good time in order to ensure that you meet the deadlines.
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