Community Engagement in Education (CEE) Grant Programme
A key aspect of the IEF’s work is to support interested communities to explore whether the concept of shared and integrated education is an important issue.
Over the next six months the IEF with the Rural Community Network is facilitating seven community discussion events on local challenges and opportunities within education. There will be a fund of £5000 available following each event with £2000 maximum per application to develop community discussions on education and the possibilities for greater levels of sharing within and across local schools. CEE is open to constituted community and voluntary sector groups.
The purpose of these community led discussions would be:
- To value and explore what is currently happening within and between local schools with regards to sharing
- To explore local interest and demand for greater sharing both within and between local schools that enhances the sustainability of quality local education provision
- To explore possibilities for the future
- To engage in dialogue with key decision makers on local possibilities
The total amount of funding available for the programme is limited and therefore the number of grants that the IEF can award is also restricted.
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For further information contact Chris Jenkins, Community Engagement Officer on 028 9033 0031 or email Chris@ief.org.uk
To access details on the most recent CEE grant allocations please click here.
Exploring Opportunities for Structural Sharing (EOSS)
The EOSS grant is designed to encourage Principals and Boards of Governors of two or more schools from different management types to undertake conversations which explore opportunities for structural sharing. Structural sharing could take many forms including: the development of a shared campus; federations/confederations; mergers/amalgamations; local community schools; the development of schools on split sites; the exploration of shared faith schools.
Who can apply?
Schools applying must be of different management types, located in the same geographical area.
• Schools must be willing to set up a joint governance working group that fully examines what levels of sharing are pertinent to the schools
• The conversations to explore opportunities for structural sharing must be led at a Board of Governors/Principal level
• Stakeholders who must be included in the conversation are the schools’ Governors, Principals, and the Education and Library Boards/Council for Catholic Maintained Schools
Projects should be completed within one year. This is a rolling programme with applications considered every two months. The programme opens on 01 May 2012 and closes on 31 March 2013.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for external support and resourcing of these conversations which should be informed by the area based planning process.