Schools in Partnership Fund

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We at John Lyon’s Charity 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.

Current funded projects

The following list details the projects that are currently funded under the Schools in Partnership Fund. In each case, the school listed is the lead partner of a group of at least one or more other schools. There are currently more than 70 schools throughout the Charity’s beneficial area participating in a Schools in Partnership Fund project funded by John Lyon’s Charity. If you would like any information on these projects, or more information on the types of projects eligible for support, please contact the Charity on 020 7259 1700.

Lead school Grant amount Project description Programme area
Childs Hill Primary School £112,000 over three years Play therapy project with Westminster Catholic Children’s Society Emotional Wellbeing
Christopher Hatten Primary School £24,000 pa x 2 Bengali Community Outreach Worker Children & Families
West Twyford Primary School £87,750 over three years Acton Schools Counselling Partnership Emotional Wellbeing
St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School £102,500 over three years Play therapy project with Westminster Catholic Children’s Society Emotional Wellbeing
Queensmill School £22,000 pa x 3 Adventures in Sound project with Realtime Arts Special Needs & Disabilities
Vaughan Primary School £104,500 over three years £104,500 over three years Emotional Wellbeing
Kingsbury High School £15,000 pa x 3 Psychotherapy project Emotional Wellbeing
Carlton Primary School £38,500 pa x 3 Tavistock Outreach in Primary Schools (TOPS) project Emotional Wellbeing
Drayton Green Primary School £84,000 over three years Counselling programme Emotional Wellbeing
Stanhope Primary School £90,000 over two years In-School Psychology Project Emotional Wellbeing
Horsenden Primary School £30,000 pa x 3 Place2Be programme in 10 primary schools Emotional Wellbeing
Oldfield Primary School £30,000 over two years Domestic Violence Initiative Emotional Wellbeing
St Stephen’s CE Primary School £16,000 pa x 3 Psychotherapy programme Emotional Wellbeing
Kenmont Primary School £25,000 pa x 3 H&F Family Group Project with School and Family Works Emotional Wellbeing
Chelsea Academy £39,000 over three years Brunel Urban Scholars Satellite Programme Education & Learning
Featherstone High School £25,000 pa x 3 Addressing Underachievement: Promoting Success Education & Learning
Norbury Primary School £32,000 pa x 3 Community Voices Project Children & Families
TOTAL £1,308,250