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Edge Foundation announces recipients of 2018 Grant Fund Awards

The Edge Foundation has announced the eleven recipients of its 2018/19 Grant Fund totalling £1 million today (29 March 2019).

Applications to the Grant Fund had to address at least two of the following five funding themes:

  • Improve the design and delivery of engaging and relevant Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Support the development of Project Based Learning (PBL) and associated profound employer engagement
  • Support the development of a 14-19 curriculum which integrates both academic and technical/professional subjects
  • Support the development of innovative approaches to higher education at levels 4, 5, and 6
  • Ways to measure the performance of technical education.

Edge Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, said:

‘We were excited by the sheer volume of applications and impressed with the very high quality, so choosing just 11 has been a challenge, but we are delighted to be able to support a range of projects and initiatives which are closely aligned to Edge’s vision and priorities.

‘It is clear that educators in schools, colleges and universities are recognising that young people need and deserve more from their education than a handful of exam certificates.  What all the successful grant applications share is an ethos that learning in the 21st century has to be relevant to the real world, to work and to our communities.’

The recipients of the 2018/19 Grant Fund are:




Project description

Grant awarded

Activate Learning


Developing a PBL framework and toolkit to be applied in both academic and vocational learning across the whole Activate Learning Group.




The Barbican Creative Careers Challenge is a PBL programme for KS4 and KS5 students to highlight career opportunities in the creative industries.


Derby College

FE College

Developing PBL curriculum design, particularly in land based and engineering studies, to embed across levels 3 to 6.


Eden Project


Constructing an industry relevant horticulture curriculum with 14-year olds and the Horticulture Advocates Programme to encourage young people to explore STEAM opportunities in the sector.


Edge Hotel School

London and East of England

Phase 2 of Inspiring Hospitality Careers project developing curriculum resources and raise the profile of the hospitality industry.


Enabling Enterprise

England wide with centres in London, Birmingham and Manchester

Developing PBL projects and curriculum resources across KS1 andKS2 studies and developing teacher training in PBL.


Middlesex University

England wide with focus on Middlesex, Staffordshire and Sheffield

Establishing an HEI Apprenticeship Network to develop sustainable degree apprenticeships.


Newcastle University

Newcastle/Tyneside and Northumberland

Developing PBL projects with employers, closely linked to the Gatsby Benchmarks, for secondary schools as part of mainstream curriculum projects.


Ormiston Academies Trust

Isle of Wight

Developing vocational education with a practical PBL approach linked to and supported by the local Maritime Industry.


XP School


Creating the XP Diploma which will combine qualifications, personal development and careers advice through academically rigorous learning expeditions.


Yeovil College

Somerset & Dorset

Creating a Healthcare Simulation Suite to deliver PBL opportunities for 14-19 year old learners and highlight opportunities in the healthcare sector.



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