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Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Teacher Development Fund

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Grants of up to £150,000 available to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and up to ten schools to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom.


The Teacher Development Fund is provided by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF).

Objectives of Fund

The purpose of the Teacher Development Fund is to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to do this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

The Fund will focus on:

  • Primary schools

  • Supporting children and young people experiencing disadvantage

  • Approaches which involve learning through the arts

  • Long-term, inquiry-based projects which support teachers’ professional development and learning

  • Promoting effective and equitable partnerships between schools and arts/cultural organisations and artist practitioners

  • The contributions of school leaders and artist practitioners as both professional learners and as supporters of embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum

  • Approaches which involve any of the following art forms: crafts; creative writing, including poetry; dance; design; film; music; opera; photography; digital arts and media; theatre and drama; the visual arts; and cross-arts practices.

Previous Success

In round one, PHF awarded six grants to projects which will run from September 2018 to July 2020, led by Charles Dickens Primary School, Kent Special Educational Needs Trust, Sidegate Primary School, Sudbourne Primary School, Tees Valley Education and The Voices Foundation.

In round two, seven projects led by the following organisations received grants through the Fund: Attain Academy Partnership t/a Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance, Morda Primary Church of England School, Parc Eglos School, Prime Theatre, Real Ideas Organisation, The Forge and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums. These projects will run from September 2019 to July 2021.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £150,000 per partnership for two academic years are available.

Each year around six grants are awarded.

Match Funding Restrictions

The expectation is that participating schools will make a contribution. However the Foundation appreciate that schools’ contexts differ and therefore the nature of this contribution, for example cash, teacher cover, school leaders time or other, is flexible.

Who Can Apply

Lead applicants may be:

  • Charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profits companies active in the arts

  • Primary schools operating in the state sector.

All applications will be required to demonstrate that solid partnerships are in place. Each partnership must include one or more arts/cultural organisations. PHF expect that a minimum of five and a maximum of ten schools will be involved in each project, regardless of whether the lead applicant is either an arts/cultural organisation or a school. Each participating school should commit at least two teachers and one senior leader to the project, though flexibility can be offered to small, rural schools.

Some applicants may identify further relevant partners for their project such as a school improvement service, local authority or higher education institution.


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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Paul Hamlyn Foundation
    5-11 Leeke Street
    WC1X 9HY
    Tel: 020 7812 3300
    Email: [email protected]

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