New EdTech Demonstrator Schools and Colleges Programme

The Department for Education (DfE) is looking to identify Demonstrator schools and colleges who are using technology effectively, and who are keen to share their experience and support other providers. This may include offering support and guidance on the effective use of technology to help reduce teacher workload, help create efficiencies, improve accessibility and inclusion, and ultimately support excellent teaching and learning.

Demonstrators will be expected to support a broad network of other schools and colleges through a mix of activities, which should include the provision of advice, guidance and training. As a minimum, Demonstrator schools and colleges should:

Show evidence of impact of their own technology use and capacity to help others

Support other schools and colleges to use the technology already available to them more effectively to help address the challenges they face

Support schools and colleges on the strategic implementation of technology, including how technology can support back-office systems to support increased efficiency, teacher flexibility, workload reduction and improved accessibility and inclusion

Support meeting the needs of teachers and pupils and support improved outcomes.

A third-party delivery partner will work with the Department to ensure that the Demonstrators are supported at a national level. The delivery partner will work collaboratively with Demonstrators from project inception through to evaluation and project closure.

Eligible applicants must be a state funded provider of primary, secondary or 16 to 19 programmes of education.

Grants of between £75,000 and £150,000 available to support the delivery of this programme. The aim is to fund at least two Demonstrators within each region across the country.

The level of funding made available to each Demonstrator will vary depending on the intensity of proposed activity and number of schools/college each provider will support.

If applicants have any questions regarding the programme or application process, DfE will be running Q&A webinars on the following dates:

4pm on Wednesday 6 November 2019

4pm on Thursday 7 November 2019

Applicants wishing to attend can register for these sessions via Eventbrite.

The deadline for EOI applications is 22 November 2019.

Applicants that are successful at the EOI stage will be invited to interview in January, with successful schools and colleges notified in early spring.

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