As a “think and do tank”, we kick start and deliver a number of innovative and scalable Education Foundation and collaborative projects with a range of partner organisations, that help to solve major challenges affecting the education system across the UK and globally.
Edtech UK & Edtech Incubator
Our Edtech Incubator programme was set up in March 2013 in partnership with Tech City UK, to help build the edtech startup ecosystem in London and across the UK and help support educators and entrepreneurs take their innovative ventures to scale. From startups to ideas and projects from schools, colleges, universities and more established companies, the programme consists of the following phases of work: regular edtech club networking events, edtech accelerator programmes and developing edtech clusters around cities and regions across the UK.
Our Edtech Incubator has now been absorbed into Edtech UK – a new strategic body set up to accelerate the growth of the UK’s edtech sector, which launched in Autumn 2015. More details are available on our Edtech UK website
We have worked with the WISE Initiative to support their WISE Accelerator programme. WISE was set up by the Qatar Foundation and through their World Innovation Summit for Education and a range of ongoing programs they are promoting innovation and building the future of education through collaboration. The Education Foundation are providing advice, mentoring, events and help to their 2015 & 2016 cohorts of education startups.
Digital Colleges is one of our flagship programmes, run in partnership with the Association of Colleges. Its first phase of work was launched in 2014 with the support of Digital Business Britain and IBM and we worked with FE colleges and the skills sector to support digital transformation in the sector through networking, sharing best practice and accelerating change. Our initial report and website was launched in November 2014 at the AoC conference and we have been conducting a follow up series of webinars and report in 2015/2016.
Facebook for Educators programme
In 2013, global technology company Facebook approached us to be a partner in their first education programme delivered outside of the USA. Our collaboration has led to a number of projects including researching and writing the first Facebook Guide for Educators, to supporting a major hackathon event in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2014 we kick started a new programme of work with Facebook’s EMEA team to create a Facebook for Educators network of leading schools, colleges, universities, an online toolkit, the production and launch of the Facebook Guide for Educators in Spain and we are now looking to roll out the Facebook for Educators programme internationally.
The Learning Lab
The Learning Lab was designed as a unique space in the centre of London – as a combination of: an innovation lab for teachers, an inspiring events and showcasing space for businesses across London and a laboratory and studio space, available to pilot new approaches to the curriculum, run innovative projects and conduct research.
The Learning Lab project ran for a year from from 2012 – 2013 in the ‘Hub Westminster’ in Haymarket, London and was visited by the Prime Minister David Cameron as well as thousands of educators, policy makers and leading businesses from around the world.
Our first project ‘Teacherlab’ was a collaboration between a leading academy chain and focused on looking at radically new approaches to continuing professional development. We worked with Ormiston Sandwell Academy to redesign an existing space at the heart of the school and turned it into a state of the art professional development centre, accessible to teachers to test out new ideas in a safe space. The evaluations of the project were very positive and we are delighted to be setting up our second Lab in London in Autumn of 2013 at London Nautical School. More details about the teacherlab project can be found here.
Partnership and collaboration
We are always looking for organisations to be our partners and to support and sponsor our current and new projects. Please visit the support us section of our site to find out more.