Apply for grant funding to co-ordinate school-led equality and diversity projects in your region.
The application round for 2018 to 2020 funding for a lead school in the East Midlands and the Humber region has now closed.
Notification of the outcome of applications will take place on Thursday 19 July 2018.
For details of the 7 regional hub lead schools who have been successful in their application for grant funding for onward allocation to individual school projects, please review the list of 2018 to 2020 successful schools.
If you wish to be informed of any future application rounds, please contact College.DIVERSITY@education.gov.uk.
The leadership equality and diversity fund supports schools to develop local solutions that help teachers covered by at least one of the protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010 progress into leadership. The protected characteristics are:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
The fund reinforces the government’s commitment to increasing the diversity of school leadership and maximising the number of leaders available by raising aspirations and the chances of successful promotion among people with leadership potential.
We invited lead schools to apply for grant funding in 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020. Funding was awarded to one lead school in each of the regional school commissioner (RSC) regions. Lead schools will be responsible for allocating funding to individual school-led projects and for co-ordinating the fund across their region. This should lead to greater national coverage and opportunities to scale up best practice delivery models and for lead schools to act as a hub across regions.
All projects must be designed and delivered by schools offering tailored leadership development activity to aspiring leaders from underrepresented groups, based on an audit of local needs.
Review the list of 2018 to 2020 successful schools for details of the 7 regional hub lead schools successful in their applications for grant funding for onward allocation to individual school projects.
|Application round for schools in the East Midlands and the Humber region opened||Tuesday 8 May 2018|
|WebEx||Thursday 17 May 2018|
|Application round closes||Monday 11 June 2018 at midday|
|Notification of outcomes||Thursday 19 July 2018|
|DfE led orientation meeting for successful lead school in the East Midlands and the Humber region||By the end of July 2018 to be confirmed|
|Year 1 programme completion||By end of summer term 2019|
|Year 2 programme completion||By end of summer term 2020|
Who can apply
Lead schools graded outstanding or good for overall effectiveness by Ofsted in their most recent inspection can apply for the fund. They must:
- be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of school leadership in their region
- have the capability, capacity and infrastructure to administer grant funding, co-ordinate delivery and quality assure multiple school-led projects across their region
Role and responsibilities of lead schools
Lead schools will be responsible for:
- the effective, efficient and appropriate use of all grant funding they receive including guarding against fraud
- ensuring that all conditions of the grant are met
- running a fair and transparent process to facilitate the allocation of funding to schools for the design and delivery of school-led projects, and running an audit of this
- ensuring that each project demonstrates need relating to the protected characteristics (where appropriate)
- ensuring maximum geographical coverage within their region, based on need, including in opportunity areas
- putting in place formal arrangements with each individual school delivering a project for example service level agreements or memorandum of understanding
- monitoring school-led project progress and ensuring delivery against milestones and key performance indicators (KPIs)
- supporting schools by building new, and/or working with established school networks across their region, and enabling the sharing of best practice
- supporting schools in negotiating any partnership agreement (including data handling, intellectual property for example) with strategic partners
- effective risk management
- putting appropriate quality assurance arrangements in place
- collecting and collating financial and performance information including progress against KPIs
- reporting on all aspects of the programme, for example performance against KPIs, providing financial returns. Lead schools will be asked to report in writing once per term outlining the progress of all projects
- undertaking evaluation activities as requested by the department including issuing participant surveys to participants and collecting teacher reference numbers (TRNs)
- participating fully in any external evaluation commissioned by the department
- providing case studies as requested by the department
Lead schools will be expected to demonstrate a school contribution of 25% of the overall cost in the form of in-kind costs for good or services that are provided free of charge or that will not be paid for out of grant funding. For example, a bid of £100,000, should demonstrate an additional £25,000 worth of school or in-kind contributions.
Following the award of grants to 7 regional hub lead schools, there is now funding of up to £110,000 per annum available in the academic years 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020, for the East Midlands and the Humber region. We anticipate that this will fund up to 220 participants over the 2 academic years, based on an average unit cost of approximately £1,000.
We also want to see significant coverage in the East Midlands and the Humber region, and expect this to be reflected by the number of local authorities (LAs) covered and anticipated participants. As a guide, we would expect a lead school, as a minimum, to provide coverage for the majority of LAs and propose anticipated participant numbers in the region of 180 to 220 across the 2 years.
Please note: the above coverage requirement is not a fixed criteria and we will consider applications that are close to the desired coverage. Therefore, if you are unable to provide significant regional coverage or the required anticipated numbers but are still interested in applying then we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances before proceeding with your application.
If you have any questions relating to the above, including how this guidance may affect your plans to submit an application, please contact us using the email address below.
Schools applying to act as a lead school will be expected to demonstrate a school contribution of 25% of the overall cost in the form of in-kind costs for good or services that are provided free of charge or that will not be paid for out of grant funding. For example, a bid of £100,000 should demonstrate an additional £25,000 worth of school or in-kind contributions. Please contact us if you are unclear on how you might approach this.