Workload challenge: funding for schools
Apply for funding to research, implement and measure solutions to unnecessary teacher workload.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is offering grant funding of up to £30,000 for groups of schools to carry out collaborative research projects into efficient and effective approaches which reduce workload related to:
- planning and resources
- data management
This funding will help you take the principles and recommendations from three independent reports into workload to investigate your current practices and develop long term solutions to better manage teacher workload.
We’re also hoping that schools will develop tools and processes that could work as a form of recognition or accreditation for schools which are actively working to keep workload at proportionate and manageable levels.
Apply now for funding to research marking.
Apply now for funding to research planning and resources.
Apply now for funding to research data management.
Your application must be completed and submitted by Wednesday 9 November 2016 by 5pm.
Before applying you’ll need to meet with your strategic partners to plan your research programme and we strongly advise that you read the Workload challenge application guidance (PDF, 65.3KB, 2 pages) .
You can apply for more than one research project but you will need to submit a completed application form for each project area.
|Application round opens||Wednesday 28 September|
|Application round closes||Wednesday 9 November by 5pm|
|Outcomes communicated by email||November 2016|
|Start-up meetings||December 2016|
|School-led research commences||January 2017|
|Interim reports submitted to NCTL||February and June 2017|
|School-led research completion||July 2017|
|Final report submitted to NCTL||Autumn term 2017|
Who can apply
You must be:
- a lead school applying on behalf of a group of schools
- graded outstanding or good for overall effectiveness by Ofsted in your most recent inspection
- able to demonstrate evidence of managing collaborative research projects, using a range of different research methodologies and engaging with professional researchers
You’ll be required to:
- work with professional researchers and your school partners to investigate the issues associated with reducing workload and develop and test practical and innovative solutions to address these
- explore the impact of existing school culture on workload
- investigate ways in which wider school organisational issues may affect workload in the 3 report areas
- ensure that your research project is rigorous and robust
- evaluate the impact of your project in the classroom and its effect on reducing teacher workload without compromising pupil outcomes
- submit termly progress reports to show that your project is on track
- submit a detailed final research report including a project summary to be published on GOV.UK
- share the findings of your research and make these available to other schools in your region and nationally
- participate in Department for Education and NCTL evaluation
- act as the fund holding school and be responsible for the receipt and use of funding
- complete and return our grant offer letter by the deadline
- report against spend through the NCTL collaborative fund process
The research projects will enable schools to:
- make a measurable positive difference to teacher workload
- develop long term solutions to tackling workload from which other schools can learn
- further develop their research skills by engaging with professional researchers
- develop innovative approaches to tackling workload in general, particularly in meeting the cultural challenges outlined in the 3 independent reports into workload
- monitor and evaluate the impact of their project, including any impact on recruitment and retention of teachers
- create local, regional and national networking opportunities to share successful approaches and raise the profile of the 3 independent reports into workload and their principles and recommendations
An assessment panel will mark each application form, using a pre-defined scoring matrix, based solely on the information submitted in the application form. There’ll be no further opportunity to clarify answers during the assessment period. Should the number of applications exceed the funding available, we’ll make decisions based on:
- the overall quality of applications (against our scoring matrix)
- the number of applications received for each project
- obtaining maximum regional coverage
Grant funding will be released on receipt of signed grant terms and conditions and is dependent upon submission of satisfactory progress reports. All grant funding is subject to our Collaborative fund: grant funding agreement terms and conditions. For these projects, funding cannot be used to employ additional members of staff. Payments will be staged and dependent on satisfactory progress against agreed milestones.
Research and development
Published: 28 September 2016