The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new funding round through the Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund.
The aim of the Fund is to develop local solutions that help teachers covered by at least one of the protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, race, sexual orientation, etc) progress into leadership roles. The fund is open to schools graded as outstanding or good for overall effectiveness by Ofsted in their most recent inspection that are willing to act as Lead Schools within their region. The Department for Education invites lead schools to apply for grant funding in 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020. Funding will be awarded to one lead school in each of the regional school commissioner (RSC) regions. A total of £820,000 is available to fund projects in the academic year 2018 to 2019 and up to £1 million in 2019 to 2020. The DfE anticipate this will fund a minimum of 1,800 participants at an average unit cost across each region of approximately £1,000.
The closing date for applications is midday on the 9th February 2018.